Henry Shaws Victorian Landscape

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"At the age of eighteen, Henry Shaw (1800-1889) left his home in Sheffield, England, to import manufactured goods from St. Louis on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Two decades of financial success allowed him to relinquish his business operations and take up more genteel pursuits." "Over the next three decades, Shaw transformed his estate, Tower Grove, into one of the nation's leading botanical gardens, Laid out according to gardenesque principles, which emphasized individual specimens, the plantings came from many sources and included
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Overview

"At the age of eighteen, Henry Shaw (1800-1889) left his home in Sheffield, England, to import manufactured goods from St. Louis on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. Two decades of financial success allowed him to relinquish his business operations and take up more genteel pursuits." "Over the next three decades, Shaw transformed his estate, Tower Grove, into one of the nation's leading botanical gardens, Laid out according to gardenesque principles, which emphasized individual specimens, the plantings came from many sources and included species newly discovered by the era's great plant hunters. Shaw's Garden (now the Missouri Botanical Garden) opened in 1859 to legions of wildly enthusiastic visitors." Carol Grove chronicles Shaw's remarkable story, from his early love of plants to his rising social conscience and his determined quest to create a place of unsurpassed beauty and distinction that would educate and thereby improve American citizens. Beautifully illustrated with contemporary and historical photographs, this volume offers an insightful cultural history of Shaw's landscapes, among the most important examples of the gardenesque in America.
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Editorial Reviews

Erik Empson
"Well presented, pleasantly written and superbly edited volume."
Antiques Magazine, March 2006
Forbes.com
"This volume offers an insighful cultural history of Shaw's landscapes, among the most important examples of the gardenesque in America."
The American Gardener
(T)he book takes a fascinating historical look at the establishment of these two landscapes and their development over the ensuing years.
Library Journal
After ten years of travel across Europe, Asia Minor, and Russia, retired importer Henry Shaw (1800-89) returned to his St. Louis estate, Tower Grove, with visions of cultivating a botanical garden on par with what he saw overseas. In 1859, Shaw's Garden-today the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG)-opened its doors. Grove (art history, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia) traces the beginnings of Shaw's interest in botany and gardens to the development of the MBG and Tower Grove Park in this history of the first major botanical garden west of the Mississippi. Shaw's motivation for the project is connected to his belief that landscaping would educate and elevate public taste. His aesthetic interest, coupled with his European travels, resulted in plantings more associated with the gardenesque style, which favored deliberate construction, than the prevailing pastoral, or naturalistic, style. Part of the book's significance lies in its exploration of these contrasting schools of garden design. Plentiful black-and-white photographs and reproductions of period illustrations convey the effects of Shaw's garden planning and plantings. While of obvious interest to regional libraries, this book would also be suited to collections supporting research in cultural studies, philanthropy, and aesthetic movements as well as horticulture and landscape design.-Jennifer Burek Pierce, Indiana Univ. SLIS, Indianapolis Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558495081
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 "An open and undulating half prairie, half shrubbery" : from Sheffield to tower grove 13
2 "Kew in miniature" : the founding of Shaw's garden 47
3 "To unite utility, variety and beauty" : tower grove park 103
4 "Beauty, instructiveness & adaptability to research" : the evolution of park and garden 155
Afterword 187
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