The trees are budding, the snows and deluges are over and I am looking forward to the joys of spring. Although never gifted with a green thumb, I still have an appreciation for horticulture. Those in the 18th century were quite fond of it as well, and we can thank them for some of the most wonderful landscaping that is still in existence today. The love and pride of owning one of these botanical wonderlands would cause many people to employ artists to paint these sources of joys. It was also the perfect backdrop to a portrait: showing you to both be Enlightened and rich.
John Wootton, The Beauchamp-Proctor Family and Friends at Langley Park, Norfolk, 1749
Peter Tillemans, Portrait of Master Edward and Miss Mary Macro, the children of Revd Dr Cox Macro, circa 1730