A Dissertation On Oriental Gardening; By Sr William Chambers, Comptroller-General Of His Majesty's Works, &c. The Second Edition, With Additions. To Which Is Annexed, An Explanatory Discourse, By Tan Chet-Qua, of Quang-Chew-Fu, Gent.
RA Collection: Book
The two illustrations are signed as drawn by G.B. Cipriani and engraved by F. Bartolozzi.
The work is dedicated by William Chambers to the King (George III).
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 118.
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P. Conner, 'China and the landscape garden: reports, engravings and misconceptions', in Art history, II:4 (1979 December), p. 429-440.
E. Harris, 'Burke and Chambers on the sublime and beautiful', in Essays in the history of architecture presented to Rudolf Wittkower (1967), p. 207-13.
H.F. Clark, 'Eighteenth century elysiums: the role of Association in the landscape movement', in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 6 (1943), p.165-89.
I.W. Chase, 'William Mason and Sir William Chambers' Dissertation on oriental gardening', in Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 35 (1936), p.517-29.
E. Harris, `Designs of Chinese buildings and the Dissertation on Oriental Gardening’, in J. Harris, Sir William Chambers: Knight of the Polar Star (1970), p.143-162
Fr. J.D. Attiret's A particular account of the Emperor of China's gardens (1752; first published in French in 1749) had greatly interested Europeans in Chinese garden-design; but Chambers had seen them for himself, and preferred their variety to the informal but 'insipid' lay-outs of Capability Brown. This second edition was published in April 1773 to answer criticisms voiced in William Mason's Heroic Epistle, published earlier that year. The work was also published in French (1772-3) and German (1775), and on the continent had a wide influence.
The two illustrations consist of a vignette on the added engraved title-plate (showing allegorical figures), and a head-piece on the engraved dedication (showing a medal, the obverse having the head of King George III, the reverse the river front of Old Somerset House in the Strand).
Treatises - Great Britain - 18th century
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George III King of Great Britain, dedicatee
Giovanni Battista Cipriani RA, draughtsman
Francesco Bartolozzi RA, engraver
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