GIANT, ANCIENT & HISTORIC TREES with Geoffrey Edwards

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

This lecture tells the story of famous trees as documented in historical and modern paintings, prints, photographs and antiquarian books. Opening with 'great trees of the world' Geoffrey will focus on famous trees in Australia such as the legendary 'Dig Tree' and other symbols of personal, social and political aspiration.

GEOFFREY EDWARDS was Director of the Geelong Gallery for fifteen years. At the end of April 2016 Edwards retired to pursue lecturing, writing and advisory work. Prior to his Geelong Gallery position, Geoffrey held senior curatorial positions at the NGV.

IN PRAISE OF LANCELOT ‘CAPABILITY’ BROWN | 2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who changed the face of 18th century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making serpentine lakes and flowing rivers, a magical world of green.

‘Capability’ Brown (1716 – 1783) is best remembered for landscape on an immense scale, constructing not only gardens and parkland, but planting woods and building farms linked by carriage drives, or `ridings', many miles from the main house. Although his work is continually reassessed, every landscape gardener and landscape architect since, both in Britain and around the world, has been influenced in one way or another by Brown.

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