Celebrating Humphry Repton 2018
In 2018 we will be celebrating the work of Humphry Repton, the last great landscape designer of the eighteenth century. March 2018 will be the bicentenary of his death.
Do join in this collaborative celebration of one of our greatest landscape and garden designers! County Gardens Trusts and other groups will be arranging events around the country to celebrate Repton’s work throughout 2018.
If you are organising events, you can use the Celebrating Humphry Repton logo and publicise them on our Repton 200 Events page. You will also find a list of Repton sites and a Repton reading list among our Repton campaign materials.
Humphry Repton’s life and work
Repton was born in 1752 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. After an unsuccessful start in the textile business, he set himself up as a landscape gardener. He went on to design around 400 hundred English landscapes and gardens, becoming a worthy successor to the great Capability Brown.
Estates where Repton worked include Tatton Park in Cheshire, Uppark House in West Sussex, Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, and Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. He famously produced ‘Red Books’ or folios to present his proposed improvements, showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ views of the landscape.
Repton’s work links the landscape design of the eighteenth century and the gardenesque movement of the early Victorian years. At the end of his life he said ‘as a landscape designer I have never been superseded by a more successful rival. My own profession, like myself, was becoming extinct.’
Find out more about Humphry Repton’s life and work.
The Repton Gazette is a blog exploring a range of questions about Repton’s work.
If you would like to get involved or receive email updates email firstname.lastname@example.org. The more people who join in, the better the celebration!