Goodenough Art & Architecture Club

Trip to Waddesdon Manor and Stowe Landscape Gardens

Stowe Landscape Garden, Rotunda, Aphrodite statue
[Image above: Rotunda with statue of Aphrodite at Stowe Landscape Gardens]

Dear Art and Architecture Club

The Art and Architecture Club in collaboration with the Beyond the M25 Club will be making a spring trip to Stowe Gardens and Waddesdon Manor on Saturday 25th April 2009. We plan to spend the morning at Waddesdon Manor and then spend the afternoon and early evening enjoying Stowe Gardens and its parkland. We will leave from outside WGH at 7:45am and shall return by 8pm.

There are 13 places available on the coach that are specially reserved for Art and Architecture Club members, at the lower price of £8 for adults and £6 for children, £4 for infants (reduced from £12/£10/£6 which is the price for the rest of Goodenough College and for non-Goodenough members) – this includes all coach fares and entry to both National Trust properties.

If you would like to reserve a place please email artnarchclub [[AT]] googlemail [[DOT]] com with your name and room number, preferably by Friday 10 April.

Thank you to David and Sarah from the Beyond M25 club for helping us organize this.

Stowe is one of the three or four great eighteenth century landscape gardens of England, arguably second in importance and influence only to Stourhead (which the Art and Architecture Club visited last year). William Kent and Capability Brown both worked on the design. As with Stourhead, the garden is designed in the form of a succession of temples, follies, and bridges over artificial lakes, set into a glorious arcadian landscape (there is also a famous Palladian bridge, which is interesting on the heels of our trip to the Palladio exhibition at the RA). Bring a picnic basket!

Waddesdon Manor is the Rothschild family’s spectacular French Renaissance revival manor house, modelled after the great chateaus of the Loire Valley. A highlight for art and design enthusiasts is the Waddesdon art collection. There are major paintings here by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Rubens, Watteau, and Boucher. Waddesdon’s eighteenth-century French decorative arts collection (Sevres porcelain, furniture, etc) rank in quality, rarity, and comprehensiveness with those of the Metropolitan Museum, NYC, and the Louvre, Paris. Waddesdon has been picked as one of the top ten stately homes to visit in the UK: http://gouk.about.com/od/uktoppicks/ig/English-Stately-Homes/

A New York Times article about Waddesdon: “England’s Rothschild Chateau” http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/05/travel/england-s-rothschild-chateau.html

For an account of the social history of Stowe (and a reminder of the social history of heritage properties in general), see George Monbiot’s recent article in The Guardian newspaper about the eviction of the local working classes to make way for the gardens: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/feb/24/monbiot-civil-liberties.

For more professional scholars of eighteenth-century landscape design (with access to academic journals through your university), have a look at the special issue of The Huntington Library Quarterly which has a collection of essays on Stowe Landscape Gardens, Vol. 55, No. 3, Summer, 1992.

Please take a look at these links for even more details and beautiful pictures:
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-waddesdonmanor
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-stowegardens/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stowe_House
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon_Manor

Hope you can join us
all best
Eu Jin

[Image below, top: Stowe. Image below, bottom: Waddesdon Manor.]

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March 30, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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