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Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing, 1815-1852 (Creating the North American Landscape) Hardcover – February 1, 1996
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Though few Americans can identify Andrew Jackson Downing, who died in 1852 at just 36, his influence as an architect, horticulturist, writer, and town planner has been far-reaching. Through his writings and his designs, Downing helped lay the groundwork for the urban parks of Frederick Law Olmsted, the national park system, and even, in some ways, the conservation movement. Downing was very well-known in his time, especially for his best-selling pattern books illustrating Gothic Revival houses and picturesque grounds. David Schuyler, a professor of American Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, has produced a fascinating biography of Downing that also serves well as an introduction to design principles and architecture of the 19th century.
"Schuyler's excellent study of Downing's writings and career, complete with excellent illustrations and an extensive, annotated bibliography, will serve as one major starting point for future studies." -- Winterthur Portfolio
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