Masters of their Craft: The Art, Architecture and Garden Design of the Nesfields

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Lutterworth Press, Jul 31, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 228 pages
In this informative and charming volume, Shirley Evans explores the lives of two of the most prominent designers of the nineteenth century; designers who have left their distinctive mark on buildings and gardens throughout the British Isles. William Andrews Nesfield and Eden Nesfield, father and son, were infatuated with the beauty and romance of the past, and both played an important role in the nineteeth-century revivals of the Jacobean, Renaissance and Gothic styles. The Nesfields produced horticultural and architectural designs for wealthy and influential landowners, later winning important public commissions at Kew Gardens and the Prince Consort s Kensington museum complex. Shirley Evans considers the education of both men and the evolution of their aesthetic sensibilities in detail. William Andrews Nesfield s early life in Durham, military training and travels in Canada and Europe fed his fascination with Renaissance proportion and the pre-Revolutionary French parterre-de-broderie, a design of intricate and highly artificial bedding that was to become his signature. His son flourished in the artistic milieu in which he was raised, but his main passion was for Gothic detailing. Both were highly accomplished painters, and Nesfield Senior s watercolours were lauded by John Ruskin. This illustrated volume will be of great interest to enthusiasts of the remarkable work of the Nesfields in particular, or of Victorian design in general.

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About the author (2014)

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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