Hans Willem Bentinck

(1649—1709) diplomat and politician

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(1649–1709), Dutch statesman whose career began when he became page to William, Prince of Orange (later stadtholder and William III of England). He became William's closest friend and adviser on many different matters, including gardens, for which he acted as the King's superintendent—supervising work in both the Netherlands and England as well as visiting France to inspect gardens on the King's behalf. In 1698 Bentinck took George London to France where they met de La Quintinie and asked Le Nôtre to make designs for the Maestricht Garden at Windsor Castle. Le Nôtre, by that time too old to travel to England, sent his great-nephew Claude Desgots, whose plan for the garden was never executed. In 1675 Bentinck bought the Zorgvliet estate, whose garden he altered with advice from Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen. Late in his life, in 1706, Bentinck acquired the estate of Bulstrode (Buckinghamshire) where he laid out new gardens, possibly with the help of Henry Wise and Claude Desgots, only traces of which survive today.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

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