William Gilpin

The Reverend William Gilpin was an 18th-century schoolmaster, based in Surrey, who spent his holidays travelling. He published several books about the English and Welsh countryside, focusing in particular on picturesque scenery. His writings helped to give rise to the idea of the Picturesque in landscape design. He also made descriptions of some of the leading designed landscapes of the time, such as Stowe, The Leasowes and Painshill.