Go Now! Rare Texts on Display at Morgan Library


Go Now! Rare Texts on Display at Morgan Library

April 21, 2010
Photo by: Graham Haber/Courtesy The Morgan Library & Museum

(As appeared in Garden Design, May/June 2010, page 12, by Donna Dorian)

Adding to her many accomplishments, including her work as the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies and an instrumental founder of the Central Park Conservancy, Betsy Barlow Rogers has now turned to co-curating an exhibition for Manhattan’s Morgan Library and Museum called Romantic Gardens: Nature, Art and Landscape Design. Last fall, she hosted a fundraising event in her apartment for the Horticultural Society of New York that previewed the show. It was an altogether delightful afternoon, with Rogers, an avid collector of rare books on garden design, turning the pages of her precious first editions. With some 90 works on paper now on display, including a 1794 copy of Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening by English landscape designer Humphry Repton, a first edition of Lyrical Ballads with William Wordsworth’s “Tintern  Abbey,” and the original Olmsted and Vaux plan for Central Park, the exhibition exemplifies how the Romantic Movement in art and literature influenced landscape design in England, France, Germany and America, and reminds  us that among the most important ingredients of romanticism was the  love of nature itself. May 21 to Aug. 29. themorgan.org — Donna Dorian 


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