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Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

(1720—1791) landscape painter and garden designer


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(1720–91), English landowner, soldier, landscaper, and artist. In 1750 he inherited the Hestercombe estate in Somerset where his mother's family, the Warres, had lived since 1391. He created a landscape park in the picturesque valley—‘a rural sequestered vale’ as the traveller Arthur Young described it in 1771. He was a friend of Sir Charles Kemeys Tynte of Halswell (Somerset) and Henry Hoare II of Stourhead, with both of whom he shared a passion for landscaping. He was much admired by another landscaper, William Shenstone, who wrote of him, his ‘fortune, person, figure and accomplishments can hardly leave him long unnoticed in any place where he resides’. His watercolour paintings of his own park at Hestercombe and of Stourhead are valuable contemporary records.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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