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Richard Woods - Summary

Date of Birth: 1716

Date of Death: 30/04/1793

Period Active Earliest Date: 1758

Period Active Latest Date: 1793

Gender: male

Nationality: English

Occupation: Designer

Associated School / Style: English landscape


Landscape designer Richard Woods was born in either 1715 or 1716.  He was well known in his day, working for many aristocratic clients.

He undertook around 40 known commissions, in southern England from the 1750s, in Yorkshire during the 1760s, and in Essex from the 1780s.

Working in the English landscape style, Woods included more flowers in his designs than Lancelot Brown, and designed many garden structures, such as pavilions, temples and bridges.


Cowell, Fiona, Richard Woods 1715/16: surveyor, improver and master of the pleasure garden (Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of East Anglia, 2005)

Fiona Cowell, ‘Woods, Richard (1715/16–1793)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 11 Nov 2008]

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