The word ‘rococo’ describes a period of art that was fashionable in Europe in the 1700s, characterised by ornamental decoration, the use of pastel colours and asymmetry.
In England, the 1700s were a time of joie de vivre among the upper middle classes.
They loved to show off their wealth by indulging in the flamboyant and the frivolous, and their gardens became an elaborate playroom where they would entertain and party.
Painswick Rococo Garden was fantastical in both its character and inspiration. Squeezed into a valley, with deceptive vistas juxtaposed with serpentine paths, the Garden is peppered with charming follies to surprise and delight.
In 1748, Benjamin Hyett asked local artist, Thomas Robins to paint the garden. Little did he know that we would use this very painting as inspiration for our restoration of the Garden from the 1970s right up to today.