In the second lecture we look at the recently restored and reopened eighteenth century Surrey garden at Painshill designed by the Hon. Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773 which breathes much of the same unique British spirit. John Wilkes wrote to his daughter in 1772: "I … sauntered through the elysium of Mr Hamilton's gardens till eight in the evening, like the first solitary man through Paradise."
DR IAN GEORGE AO has been an art critic and historian since the 1960's. His postgraduate work was in aesthetics. Since then he has served on the Visual Arts Committee of the Festival of Perth, as a Trustee of the Queensland Art Gallery and Vice-President of the Queensland Festival, had two terms on the Community Arts Board of the Australia Council and is a regular lecturer at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of SA and the National Gallery of Victoria.
image caption: A peaceful view across the water of Painshill's ruined abbey, courtesy of Fred Holmes, Painshill