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How to view the view

We should be more down-to-earth about the landscape and less beguiled by the picturesque, according to Anna Pavord

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

20 February 2016

9:00 AM

Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places Anna Pavord

Bloomsbury, pp.250, £20, ISBN: 9781408868911

Landskipping is about viewing the view, from the 18th century to the present. From the title (which is the only self-conscious thing about this terrific book) I feared we might be in for a heavy dose of Wordworthishness and ‘the lone enraptured male’ school of writing. But Anna Pavord, along with Kathleen Jamie, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Austen, is more down-to-earth than any Romantic moper.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £20 Tel: 08430 600033. Mary Keen is a lecturer, garden designer and the author of Creating a Garden and Paradise and Plenty: a Rothschild Family Garden.

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