Wednesday, June 7, 2017

18C Virginia Garden & Cultural Landscape

1748-50 George Booth as a Young Man by William Dering (active 1735-1751), Williamsburg, VA with Garden Statues & Garden Gate down by the river.  George Booth died in 1777). The son of Mordecai and Joyce Armistead Booth of Bellville plantation in nearby Gloucester County, the young man's self-assured pose, the sculptures flanking him, & the formal garden in the distance reveal his genteel status, while the hunting dog & bow are symbols of his manly gamepark achievements. Although many of these elements were probably derived from contemporary print sources, they seem to depict a colonial gentleman's garden or his aspiration of it,