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Saturday 8 September – Sunday 4 November 2018
Harewood House is celebrating Repton’s life and prolific work, and for the first time has reunited a portfolio of proposals presented to the Lascelles family following his visits here in 1800 and 1802’ . Over the past 200 years, Repton drawings were unbound and separated, but are now gathered together to showcase Repton’s talents.
Through his own detailed memoirs, Repton’s time at Harewood is well documented. House guests staying during the time of his visits included the likes of William Wilberforce, who accompanied Repton on surveys of Harewood’s landscape, and the young artist Thomas Girtin who Repton encouraged to sketch views from the house under his direction.
Accompanying this exhibition is a newly commissioned film by Simon Warner, Recollection, which is inspired by Repton and his visits to Harewood, and features Repton himself using extracts from the gardener’s memoirs.
Simon Warner is an artist who lives and works in Yorkshire using video, photography, performance and installation, with an interest in landscape and environmental change. Among his many film works, Warner was commissioned to make A Troublesome River for Harewood House Trust in 2005, and North and South in 2016, exploring contrasting landscapes on the Harewood Estate.