At the turn of the century, the artists' colony in Cornish, New Hampshire, was considered the most beautifully landscaped village in America. Its rolling hills and lush, fairy-tale scenery drew some of the nation's most gifted artists, including sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, illustrator Maxfield Parrish, and architect Charles Platt. A PLACE OF BEAUTY celebrates this historic locale, highlighting the dazzling flower gardens and renowned landscapes and architecture that inspired the artists who called the colony home. Illustrated with paintings by the colony artists, sepia-toned photographs of the historic gardens, portraits of the major artists, and present-day photos depicting restored gardens and homes. Publication coincides with a major retrospective of Maxfield Parrish's work touring fine art museums across the country. Awards:2001 Quill & Trowel Award Winner, Garden Writers Association of AmericaGold Medal Award, Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
About the Author
Long-time Parrish aficionado Alma Gilbert has dedicated her life to sharing Maxfield Parrish's works with the world. She currently lives in Maxfield Parrish's estate, The Oaks, and operates a museum of his works and the works of other members of the Cornish Colony in New Hampshire. She has written several books on different aspects of Parrish's career. There is also a chapter written by Dr. Joyce Stoner, who is currently heading up the restoration of the Du Pont murals.
Judith Tankard is a landscape historian, writer, and lecturer. She teaches landscape design at Radcliffe Seminars and was the founding editor of the Journal of the New England Garden History Society. She is co-author of Gertrude Jekyll: A Vision of Garden and Wood. She is the recipient of a Gold Medal from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of the history of the garden in New England.
"An enchanting memoir....(Judith Tankard is) a major force in making American garden history a separate field of study." -The Boston Globe"This lively and detailed description makes enjoyable and informative reading."-Gardens Illustrated