Levens Hall, Cumbria: the topiary garden
|Architect/Designer||Beaumont, Guillaume (fl. 1689-1712)|
|Artist/Photographer||Smith, Edwin (1912-1971)|
|Library Reference||ESP/GDN/1228 (ES2048.6)|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Edwin Smith / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Country houses ; Gardens ; Topiary|
NOTES: This Elizabethan house became the property of Colonel James Grahame in 1688 after his career at Court in the service of King James II. He employed a young French gardener, Guillaume Beaumont, a pupil of Le Notre at Versailles, to plan a fashionable garden in 1689-1712. The garden has survived in its original design and the topiary is some of the oldest in the world.
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