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This site brings together visual, literary and historical materials that document the interrelation of poetry, painting, and garden design in English culture from 1700-1832. Known as the “sister arts” because they were considered to achieve similar effects on readers and viewers, these three genres were considered the most artistically important forms by many eighteenth-century artists and critics.
The user of this site will be able to view and compare photographs of surviving eighteenth-century English gardens; paintings and drawings of gardens that no longer exist; landscape paintings that influenced garden designers and poets; poems that influenced landscape designers and painters; and descriptions and images of landscape gardens that influenced poets and painters. In addition, the “Secondary Sources” section offers recent critical discussions of the Sister Arts phenomenon.