Garden at Monceau Carmontelle, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Joseph Disponzio, Andrew Ayers, Laurence Chatel de Brancion, Florence Getreau, David L. Hays, Elizabeth Hyde, Susan Taylor-Leduc, Caroline Weber, Gabriel Wick

Publication date:
24 Nov 2020
Oak Spring Garden Library
196 pages: 305 x 229mm
62 color + 18 duotone illus.
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Carmontelle’s landmark publication, Garden at Monceau, beautifully reproduced to show the Parisian garden’s artistic and cultural importance before the French Revolution.

Originally published in 1779, Garden at Monceau is a richly illustrated presentation of the garden Louis Carrogis, known as Carmontelle, designed on the eve of the French Revolution for Louis-Philippe-Joseph d’Orléans, duc de Chartres. With its array of architectural follies intended to surprise and amaze the visitor, the garden was a setting for ancien régime social life. Carmontelle’s portrayal of his work in Garden at Monceau therefore serves as an expression of a key moment in the history of European landscape design, garden architecture, and social history. This facsimile edition, with its English-language text and reproductions of the original engravings, is accompanied by essays that interpret the landscape design and examine Carmontelle’s larger career as a painter and theater producer.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, New York. Joseph Disponzio is a landscape architect with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

“If there’s a Francophile in your midst, Carmontelle: Garden at Monceau might make a sound holiday gift.”—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post