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Masters of Their Craft: The Art, Architecture and Garden Design of the Nesfields Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd; 1st Edition edition (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718893239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718893231
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 635,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At last we have a definitive study of the most influential landscape gardener of the Victorian period. Shirley Evans's brilliant monograph combines meticulous scholarship with analytical site investigation to establish Nesfield as a practitioner of rare innovation. --Professor Timothy Mowl FSA, Professorial Research Fellow in History of Architecture & Designed Landscapes, Humanities Research Institute, University of Buckingham<br \><br \>Shirley Rose Evans' long-awaited study of the Nesfields launches them into the limelight at last; her warm-hearted and colourful family saga of war and peace, of dutiful soldiering unleashed into passions for watercolours, decorative gardening and architecture reveals the humanity of these Victorian taste-makers. --Jane Brown, author of 'The Pursuit of Paradise, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown 1716-83: The Omnipotent Magician' and 'A history of the Garden at Buckingham Palace'

Dr Evans has devoted many years to unravelling the Nesfield family (including two of his sons and the architect Anthony Salvin who was William's brother-in-law) and where they worked, and she bookends this monograph with family trees and lists of commissions. Ivor James, Historic Gardens Review, Issue 32, July 2015 [...] this is a significant study of the Nesfields. It is an informative, well-illustrated volume with ... family trees, list of commissions, an excellent bibliography and a glossary of words and terms used in the book. --Clare Greener, Devon Gardens Trust Newsletter, No.94, (2014) Nesfield's relationship with other designers and theorists in the early 19th century is succinctly discussed, together with the Aesthetics that under pinned the painting of his parterres with gravels as well as plants.[…] Nesfield's two sons make many appearances in the book and usefully, William Eden Nesfield's architectural commissions are listed. --David Whitehead, Hereford and Worcester Gardens Trust Newsletter, January 2015 'This book is a serious read and a historical account of the changes going on in public parks and private estates and it is also a very handy reference work about the many scores of stately homes and country estates that the Nesfields added to in many ways.' --RW, Follies: The International Magazine, vol 24 issue 1, Spring 2015 'This study provides a wonderful portrait of these Victorian gentlemen, products of their age […] This book is a welcome addition to studies of prominent landscape designers. It will inform greater understanding of the Nesfields' work and contribution to architectural and garden design, and encourage readers to search out their surviving creations.' --Barbara Moth, Context: The Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Issue 139, May 2015

"...the beautiful drawings and watercolours, and the detailed planting lists, contribute hugely to making this an invaluable contribution to any study of mid-nineteenth century l andscaping and to an understanding of the contemporary reasons for the decline in popularity of Lancelot Brown." --Judith Christie, Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust Newsletter, No. 37, October 2014 "William Andrews (W.A.) and William Eden Nesfield (W.E.), landscape architect and architect, have waited a long time for a monograph, but now Shirley Rose Evans has done them justice in a book that not only details their artistic accomplishments, but is full of insights into their age". --Clive Aslet, in "Country Life", January 28, 2015

About the Author

Dr Shirley Rose Evans taught form many years in Shropshire but now lives in Cornwall. The Nesfields have been the subject of her research for many years and she has written and spoken extensively on them. Dr Evans has also been involved in conservation and restoration projects of prominent gardens including those of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Regents Park in London, working closely with The Royal Parks agency.

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Excellent very knowledgable book. Lots of information that was new to me.
I would have given 5 stars if the index had been better. This is a shameful job by the publisher I presume, misspellings, wrong counties for houses, wrong page numbers Sad
Apart of that a good read and a great addition for my library
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