The translation of landscape: Brown to Repton to Olmsted, Kirkharle, London and the New World

John Phibbs

Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 6pm on Zoom

They say that poetry is lost in translation. It might be fairer to say that it is transmogrified. It can become something magically different. It can become something better. That is true of landscapes too, and the 18th century English landscape style was deracinated and then adopted into all the different cultures of Northern Europe. But what happened in America happened on a different scale. What was it about England that so enraptured Frederick Law Olmsted? How can you drive through Yosemite and think Birkenhead? These questions are worth asking. They shed as much light on the meaning of English landscape as they do upon the prairies, sea-girt hills and mountains of the USA.  

2022 also celebrates 200th anniversary of Olmsted’s birth.

John Phibbs is Principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group