About this book
Acclaimed biography of a fascinating, contradictory figure who was one of the greatest and most influential house and garden designers of all time.
William Kent (1685-1748) was great without a hint of gravitas, a con man who became one of the artistic geniuses of his age. Late in life, Kent discovered his genius, laying out the Arcadian image of the 'English Garden' which took the continent by storm as England's only original contribution to European culture. This book presents his story.