A Project of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art
History of Early American Landscape Design
HEALD will be upgrading in spring 2021. New features and content will be available in May. Thank you for your patience as we modernize!


[http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/research/casva/research-projects.html A Project of the National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts ]

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Citation-Loudon, Jane, 1845, Gardening for Ladies (p. 117) Changed the citation for Jane Loudon's Gardening for Ladies from the 1845 American edition to the 1843 American edition, in order to take advantage of Archive.org's digitized 1843 edition. The quote is exactly the same, though it did change the page number from 211 to 117. Let me know if I should change it back to the 1845 version. https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/VJ3SM523/q/Gardening%20for%20Ladies%7C

[CT 6/19/15] The inscribed image of the Eldgredge garden is from the twentieth century, and I can not locate it's repository (it's from Lockwood). Should we keep it?

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Citation-Dézallier d'Argenville, 1712, The Theory and Practice of Gardening ([1712] 1969: 75, 116-18) The 1969 version of Dézallier d'Argenville's The Theory and Practice of Gardening is not on Zotero. The cited quotes are on pages 75 and 116-18 of the 1728 edition, as they are listed for the 1969 edition. Though the digitized 1728 edition differs in its lack of modernized spelling. I have not altered the citation, but as now it links to the zotero with the link to the digitized 1728 edition. Let me know if I should remove this link. We could also add in the 1969 edition. https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/RNT8ZVZ8/q/argenville

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Citation- Switzer, Stephen, 1718, Ichnographia Rustica ([1718] 1982: 150-52) The 1982 version is not on Zotero. As of now, the citation links to the 1718 version on Zotero (no digitized version is linked to this entry). Should we add an entry for the 1982 edition? https://www.zotero.org/groups/54737/items/itemKey/UWQEVT5X

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Inscribed Image - George Washington, Plan of “Ha! Haws” at Mount Vernon, 1798 Should this image be listed as inscribed? It is unclear to me based off the accompanying text:

"Supposing the dot at A to be the highest part of the hill in front of the house. & the black line from B to C by A the natural shape of the hill (or fall of the hill) the pricked line may be a good direction for the wall, in order to prevent its being too serpentine or crooked -- this, in some places, will come in upon the level (or that which is nearly so) of the hill -- as at 1, 2, 3 -- and is often as at 5, 6, 7 & 8 will be below the declivity, and require filling up in order to bring the whole to a level which is to be affected by the Earth which may be taken from 1, 2, 3

There are two reasons for doing it in this manner -- the one is to prevent the all from being too serpentine and crooked (as far as the black line -- and the second is, that the hill below the wall may be more of a sameness. otherwise it w. descend very suddenly in some places and very gradually in others.

You will observe that this wall is not to be laid out, as worked by a line -- the whole of it is serpentine, which I am particular in mentionings lest by the expression in your letter of zig-zag you had an idea that it was to be laid out by line 20 or 30 feet or yards (as the hill would admit) one way then angling & as far as it would go strait anothwer in following manner. [diagram]

It is not my wish to have it very serpentine nor would I have it quite strait if I could -- a little curving and meandering would be my choice."

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Image Caption - Batty Langley, "Design of a rural Garden,̹ after the new manner", 1728. Added the following caption: "The terrace is inscribed as S.S., and is located near the bottom of the plan." I based this off the following quote regarding the plan from the Langley: "The Terrace S.S. [is planted] with Platanus." (Langley, viii.)

[KP 6/19/15] Re: Image Caption - Batty Langley, One of two "Designs for Gardens that lye irregularly to the ground House . . .House opening to the ̹North upon a plain Parterre of Grass", Added the following caption: "The terrace is located at E and forms the walk P Q." I based this off the following quote regarding the plan from the Langley: "The Terrace E leads an Avenue I F ... The Walk P Q is supposed to be a pleasant Terrace, planted with Forest Trees for shade." (Batty, xiii).

[KP 6/30/15] Re: File:0090a.jpg (Thomas Jefferson, Letter describing plans for a "Garden Olitory," c. 1804.) We should have an image of the whole letter as well the detail

[CT 7/1/15] The image of Bordenton is now known to be by Joseph Drayton, and I can not find any other source that mentions it is an engraving after a Birch painting. Change the content in the essay?

A Project of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

National Gallery of Art, Washington