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Patrician landscapes and the picturesque in Nottinghamshire c.1750-c.1850

Gaunt, Richard A.

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This article considers the Dukeries estates of north Nottinghamshire in the hey-day of aristocratic power and prestige, from the mid-Georgian to the mid-Victorian period. It poses a contrast between visitors’ impressions of the area as one of constancy and continuity, a point of reassurance in an age of political and social upheaval, and the reality of internal changes from within. Closely crowded as these estates were, their aristocratic owners competed with one another to fashion the most economically viable and aesthetically pleasing symbol of status and power. The article pays close attention to the hold which picturesque principles exercised on individual owners and considers the role of plantation, animals and water in parkland management and improvement. Finally, the article considers the extent to which the estates were sites of contestation; owners attempted to keep unwanted plebeian incursions at bay, whilst carefully controlling access on set-piece occasions such as coming-of-age festivities.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Journal Rural History
Print ISSN 0956-7933
Electronic ISSN 1474-0656
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Gaunt, R. A. (2015). Patrician landscapes and the picturesque in Nottinghamshire c.1750-c.1850. Rural History, 26(2), https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956793315000023
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956793315000023
Keywords Patrician, Picturesque, Landscape, Improvement, Romanticism, Toryism
Publisher URL http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9933630&fileId=S0956793315000023
Related Public URLs http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=RUH
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information RICHARD A. GAUNT (2015). Patrician Landscapes and the Picturesque in Nottinghamshire c.1750–c.1850. Rural History, 26, pp 161-180 doi:10.1017/S0956793315000023
Copyright Cambridge University Press.

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