Chiswick House Garden Tour
The classically inspired garden at Chiswick was created from the 1720s by Richard Boyle, third Earl of Burlington and his protégée, William Kent, and have been admired by tourists and visitors for centuries. Justifiably the gardens have been identified by historians as the birthplace of the ‘English Landscape Garden’. The partial de-
Another important reoccurring theme within the gardens at Chiswick was Lord Burlington’s attempt to emulate the outside spaces, both domestic and religious, of ancient Rome, and, in doing so, to attempt to evoke a tangible sense of the Roman past. In this regard the Emperor Augustus was viewed as the figure who should best be emulated as it was believed by Burlington and many of his contemporaries that Augustus was the fairest, most majestic and powerful of all Roman Emperors (architecturally it was Augustus who ‘found Rome clay and left it Marble’. He was also believed to be the patron of the architectural theorist Vitruvius).
Lord Burlington’s gardens were also amongst the first landscapes to contain a number of different gardens structures in the form of classically inspired buildings (‘fabriques’) including temples, pavilions, orangeries, bridges, bagnios and cascades (grottos). These structures, some of the earliest in Britain, William Kent and Burlington effortlessly combined with Egyptian inspired objects such as sphinxes, obelisks and stone lions; objects which would have been viewed when in Rome, and although Egyptian were ascribed Roman characteristics and forever linked with the reign of the Emperor Augustus. Burlington also owned a large collection of sculpture (including one of the famous ‘Arundel Marbles’), some of which were genuine ancient Roman statues either purchased or taken from the Emperor Hadrian’s ‘Villa Adriana’ whilst on his Grand Tours.
The Chiswick estate was later inherited by the Dukes of Devonshire who entertained guests in the villa and gardens in spectacular style. The famous socialite and fashion icon Georgiana Spencer and her children were painted by the artist Johann Zoffany (1733-
The gardens at Chiswick were also the home for the Royal Horticultural Society from 1821 and it was during this period that the gardener Joseph Paxton (1803-
A guided tour of Chiswick House Gardens traces the evolution of the gardens from its transformation under Burlington, Pope and Kent to its height of fashion under the Dukes of Devonshire.
A group guided tour costs £7.50 per person and lasts for around seventy five minutes taking in the sixty-
To book a group tour of the gardens please contact me via the email link at the bottom of the page.
Chiswick House Gardens Tour
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