Pruned: 18th and 19th Century “Before and After” Landscape Drawings Digitized

Next time you are frustrated with the hours you put into CAD renderings and tours, think about 18th century landscape designer Humphry Repton. Repton, a famous designer of gardens and private parks for English country estates, created a series of before and after illustrations of his projects. Like flipping a pop-up book page, these illustrations showed prospective clients how much more bucolic and beautiful Repton’s designs would make their homes. Now the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections has digitized many of Repton’s drawings in high resolution. Check them out here, and click over to the excellent Pruned blog to read more on their reactions to Repton’s work.

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