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Proposal for the Gardens to the north of the house at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire

Robert Greening (d. 1758)

Category

Architecture / Drawings

Date

circa 1752

Materials

Pen and ink

Measurements

620 x 425 mm

Place of origin

England

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Collection

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)

NT 206197

Summary

Robert Greening (d.1758). Proposal for the gardens to the north of the house at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, c.1752, inscribed 'A Scale of Feet', pen and ink (620 x 425mm), scale given.

Full description

The scope of the scheme described in this drawing is less ambitious than that in NT 206200, and is confined to the area to the north of the house. The shape and boundaries of the earlier new arrangement shown in Kip's engraved view (NT 206324). Here it is proposed that the ha-ha should run from the base-court at the front of the house along the western boundary of the garden to meet the westernmost of James Gibb's pair of garden pavilions - shown as square structures on this and on Greening's other two plans. As in NT 206200, a circuit path winds through clumps that we know were to be evergreen shrubs and syringas, interspersed with honeysuckle and roses.

Provenance

Sir Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor, PC, FRS, (1690-1764); bequeathed by Elsie Kipling, Mrs George Bambridge (1896 – 1976), daughter of Rudyard Kipling, to the National Trust together with Wimpole Hall, all its contents and an estate of 3000 acres.

Marks and inscriptions

Lower centre: A Scale of Feet

Makers and roles

Robert Greening (d. 1758), garden designer

References

Adshead 2007: David Adshead, Wimpole Architectural drawings and topographical views, The National Trust, 2007, p.56, no.78 Laird 1999 Mark Laird, The Flowering of the Landscape Garden: English Pleasure Ground, 1720 - 1800, Philadelphia 1999, p.116, pl. 64 Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire 1991 [The National Trust; David Souden] 1991, p.82

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