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Burlington and Kent were innovators in garden design.  They used statues and other features to proclaim a cultural and political manifesto. Avenues of trees stretching into the distance had been the mainstay of Baroque landscaping.  At Chiswick House the vistas are terminated with a statue, column or small building (photo to left).  

Chiswick House garden vista

Kent also contributed to the design of the gardens at Stowe near Buckingham for the owner, Lord Cobham, a Whig who left Walpole’s government in 1733.  Like those at Chiswick, the Stowe gardens have survived and are being restored, by the National Trust (my photo to right).  

Stowe vista

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The elegant house of Leyton Grange

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