The Artist and the Garden

Roy Colin Strong

Publicaton Date
May 2000
Standard Number
Yale University Press
304 pages

Strong offers a bounty of fascinating, beautifully reproduced images of gardens both real and fanciful as he surveys and elaborates upon the significance of engravings, paintings, and drawings that depict English gardens up to the time of John Constable's masterful landscapes. He begins his scholarly yet accessibly study with an exploration of the representation of the garden as an aristocratic status symbol, then considers the emblematic meaning of gardens. Ultimately, Strong reveals how the literature and culture, horticultural styles and artistic trends of the times effected changes in both garden design and in art.

Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book for 2000


About the author

  • Sir Roy Colin Strong is an English art historian, museum curator, writer, broadcaster and landscape designer. He has served as director of both the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.