Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Great Gardens

Yesterday the Redbridge Museum in Central Library, Ilford, opened Great Gardens, an exhibition of 500 years of Redbridge gardens, parks and open spaces (CLICK). The picture of Wanstead House shown here is a detail from A View of Wanstead in the County of Essex (c. 1781). If my researches are correct, this is a copperplate engraving by Wilson Lowry of a painting by George Robertson, published by John and Josiah Boydell. Wanstead House is long gone, but its influence in Redbridge lingers on. This exhibition is complimented by The History of Valentines Gardens currently showing at Valentines Mansion (CLICK). Admission to both exhibitions is free. Choose a warm, sunny day and enjoy Valentines Park too.


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