The Genius of the Place

The Genius of the Place

The English Landscape Garden 1620-1820

Edited by John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis





A garden classic, The Genius of the Place reveals that the history of landscape gardening is much more than a history of design and style; it opens up a wide perspective of English cultural history, showing how landscape gardening was gradually transformed over two centuries into an art that has been widely imitated throughout Europe and North America. The English landscape garden is richly documented in this anthology. Over 100 illustrations accompany writings that range from Francis Bacon to Jane Austin; from the early 1600s, when Englishmen began to determine their own concept and form of the garden, through the first half of the eighteenth century when its distinctive feature emerged, to the heyday of the landscape garden under "Capability" Brown and the reactions to his pure formalism under Repton and Loudon in the 1800s. This edition contains a new introduction and bibliography covering the many developments in garden history during the last dozen years.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262081764 412 pp. | 6.75 in x 9.5 in


$45.00 X | £7.99 ISBN: 9780262580922 412 pp. | 6.75 in x 9.5 in


John Dixon Hunt

John Dixon Hunt is Professor in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia and editor of the International Journal of Garden History.

Peter Willis

Peter Willis, an architect, is reader in the History of Architecture at the University of Newcastle.


  • A significant contribution to the subject of garden history. The introduction is one of the finest summaries of that 200-year period of garden history that is currently available.

    A. Nelson

    Landscape Architecture, praise for the first edition

  • For each extract, Mr. Hunt and Mr. Willis have provided a witty and instructive introduction, as well as a general introduction that is a masterpiece of elegant compactness.

    Anatole Broyard

    The New York Times, praise for the first edition