Stourhead Garden
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Architect Henry Hoare II and Henry Flitcroft
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Location Stourton, England   map
Date 1741 to 1765   timeline
Building Type garden
 Construction System landscape
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Naturalistic and Neoclassical
Notes Naturalistic English garden. Bridge and buildings are Neoclassical


Photo, long overview


Discussion Stourhead Garden Commentary

"Stourhead was the perfect realization of the eighteenth-century yearning for a Vergilian and Claudian Arcady. The Stourhead park was created in a luxuriant valley, which Flitcroft made into a lake with a path around it that provided a sequence of Picturesque views and encounters with temples, statuary, springs and grotto, all involving layers of visual, literary, and even personal allusion. One of the principal Picturesque views at Stourhead is known to reflect Claude Lorrain's Coast View of Delos with Aeneas and the passage from Vergil on which it was based, relating Aeneas's account of his experience in the Temple of Apollo at Delos...The architectural set-pieces, each in a Picturesque location, include a Temple of Apollo, a Temple of Flora, a Pantheon (from the Claude painting), and a Palladian bridge."

—Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p403-4.

Sources on Stourhead Garden

England's Historic Treasures - Treasures of the Trust. England's Historic Treasures, 1993. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 6304356471. — Video - Available at

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD .1536. PCD .1536. PCD .1536. PCD .1536.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. p403-404. — available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Stourhead Garden


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