Weston Park is justly famous for its outstanding Capability Brown landscape park and for the rare pleasure gardens of the Shrewsbury Walk and Temple Wood, which were created for Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman from 1765. The Bridgeman family remained in the vanguard of fashion in the next generation when John Bridgeman Simpson – Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman’s younger son – employed the celebrated landscape gardener Humphry Repton. Although John’s portrait by John Hoppner hangs in the Library at Weston Park, Repton’s work for him was in fact in Nottinghamshire at Babworth Hall, an estate that he had inherited from his mother’s family, the Simpsons.
We are delighted to be able to show Humphry Repton’s Red Book – his bound book of ‘before’ and ‘after’ watercolours of his proposals – for Babworth, which has been generously loaned to the Weston Park Foundation by its private owner.
Visit the Granary Art Gallery throughout June to see the book the small, informative pop-up exhibition and to learn about Repton and his significance as a landscape gardener in this, his anniversary year.
The Granary Art Gallery is open every day and is free to enter.