De Kleefse reis van Jan Jacob Brants

John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen was stadtholder of the German city of Kleve from 1647 onwards. He created his own paradise there and during the following centuries many Dutch travellers found their way to this city just across the border. Kleve (Kleef in Dutch) was also the destination for Jan Jacob Brants and his fellow travellers in or around 1790. The record of their trip (and the route taken) comes in the form of an overview of costs incurred. It raises the question whether Brants deliberately visited some gardens created by the architect he himself had employed just before he went on this trip. Johan Georg Michael had created gardens and parks closer to home, but Brants possibly wanted to see the ones further afield?

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John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen was stadtholder of the German city of Kleve from 1647 onwards. He created his own paradise there and during the following centuries many Dutch travellers found their way to this city just across the border. Kleve (Kleef in Dutch) was also the destination for Jan Jacob Brants and his fellow travellers in or around 1790. The record of their trip (and the route taken) comes in the form of an overview of costs incurred. It raises the question whether Brants deliberately visited some gardens created by the architect he himself had employed just before he went on this trip. Johan Georg Michael had created gardens and parks closer to home, but Brants possibly wanted to see the ones further afield?

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Een buurman als influencer?

The publication of a richly illustrated travel journal, a trip through Southern England and to London undertaken by four Dutchmen in 1769, leads to new ideas about a garden in the Netherlands. Paul Hurgronje, one of the 1769 travellers, went on to buy an estate in Heemstede in 1775 (Spruytenbosch). I have written extensively about the garden layout of Westerhout, bordering to the north of Spruytenbosch, in these years. And I am now left wondering whether Hurgronje’s direct knowledge of English gardens and parks may have influenced the landscape style layout of Westerhout, his direct neighbours?

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The publication of a richly illustrated travel journal, a trip through Southern England and to London undertaken by four Dutchmen in 1769, leads to new ideas about a garden in the Netherlands. Paul Hurgronje, one of the 1769 travellers, went on to buy an estate in Heemstede in 1775 (Spruytenbosch). I have written extensively about the garden layout of Westerhout, bordering to the north of Spruytenbosch, in these years. And I am now left wondering whether Hurgronje’s direct knowledge of English gardens and parks may have influenced the landscape style layout of Westerhout, his direct neighbours?

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Published: Adriaan Snoek at 18th century Westerhout

Mijn meest recente artikel is net uit, samen met andere mooie artikelen verschenen in de tweede bundel van tuinhistorisch genootschap Cascade, onder de naam Tuingeschiedenis in Nederland. Dit postje geeft kort de inhoud van dat artikel in het Engels weer. Nederlandstaligen die benieuwd zijn naar bronverwijzingen (of gewoon meer willen weten), worden verwezen naar bovengenoemde publicatie.
Vragen stellen aan de hand van dit bericht kan natuurlijk ook, aanvullingen worden helemaal op prijs gesteld.

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Mijn meest recente artikel is net uit, samen met andere mooie artikelen verschenen in de tweede bundel van tuinhistorisch genootschap Cascade, onder de naam Tuingeschiedenis in Nederland. Dit postje geeft kort de inhoud van dat artikel in het Engels weer. Nederlandstaligen die benieuwd zijn naar bronverwijzingen (of gewoon meer willen weten), worden verwezen naar bovengenoemde publicatie.
Vragen stellen aan de hand van dit bericht kan natuurlijk ook, aanvullingen worden helemaal op prijs gesteld.

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