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Sir George Sitwell

(1860—1943) antiquary


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(1860–1943), English landowner, author, and garden maker of Renishaw. He made an assiduous study of Italian Renaissance gardens from the early 1890s onwards—visiting over 200 gardens throughout Italy. He distilled his garden philosophy in one of the best books on garden design, On the Making of Gardens (1909), which was also influential in encouraging the study and admiration of Italian gardens about which he wrote very perceptively. Above all he used his knowledge to lay out a new garden at Renishaw—a dazzling vision of Renaissance Tuscany overlooking the industrial wasteland of southern Derbyshire. He yearned for a return to Renaissance purity, and wrote of the baroque garden designer André Le Nôtre that he ‘stole the formulas of garden-making from Rome and Florence, but left the poetry behind’.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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