26 and 27 October 2017
When Maggie Keswick published The Chinese Garden, History Art & Architecture in 1978 there was very little else available in English, and her ground-breaking book quickly became a classic. Since that time, and especially during the last twenty years, much more has been discovered, and many aspects and periods have been explored in more detail. The subject of Chinese gardens continues to be a very fruitful field of research. This fascinating two-day international conference will be introduced by Dr Alison Hardie, who has lectured and written extensively on Chinese garden history, and revised the 3rd edition of Maggie Keswick’s book in 2003.
New research in the history of Chinese gardens and landscapes will be presented by professionals and post-graduate students from China and a number of other countries. Talks will cover a wide range of dates, and subjects will include east-west encounters in Cantonese gardens, Jesuit water landscapes, gardens as museums, the Chinese concept of paradise, Feng Shui symbolism, public parks and the Chinese park movement, and botanical watercolours.