William Kent - Summary
Date of Birth: 1685
Date of Death: 1748
William Kent was an architect, designer, landscape gardener and painter active in the early- to mid-18th century. He was born in Bridlington, Yorkshire, England in 1685 and originally trained as a coach and theatrical scenery painter.
Kent rose to great fame during the period in the realm of landscape gardening in particular under the patronage of Lord Burlington. Famously described by Horace Walpole as having 'leaped the fence, and saw that all nature was a garden', Kent added a new pictoral, classical and natural approach to gardening, having been heavily influenced by what he had seen in Italy on the Grand Tour.
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