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Gijsbert Van Laar
Magazijn van Tuin-sieraaden or Storehouse of Garden Ornaments

resources_rarebooks_vanlaar_pic2.pngThis is the 1819 edition of a highly popular model book depicting various kinds of garden follies, sculpture, gates, bridges, and furniture as well as sample layouts intended to inspire garden patrons and designers during the Romantic era. It features 190 engraved and hand-colored plates portraying faux hermitages, rustic huts, Chinese bridges, classical temples, and many other ornamental structures along with prototypical garden plans. Written in Dutch, it includes a full English translation of the text and captions by landscape historian Vanessa Bezemer Sellers.

Click the appropriate link below to access the version that is compatible with your computer’s operating system.
> Storehouse of Garden Ornaments – TTP 2.0 Version
> Storehouse of Garden Ornaments – Silverlight Version
> Storehouse of Garden Ornaments – Accessible Version

Comments on the Translation
Magazijn van Tuin-sieraaden or Storehouse of Garden Ornaments

This short introduction by Vanessa Bezemer Sellers provides useful commentary regarding the pop-up translations of the original Dutch text. It can be viewed in PDF format in your browser or downloaded to your desktop.
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Essay
The Romantic Landscape Garden in Holland: Gijsbert Van Laar (1767–1820)

This companion essay by Vanessa Bezemer Sellers offers an in-depth historical explanation of Dutch landscape design and discusses the importance of Van Laar’s model book for both amateur and professional garden makers in the Netherlands in the early nineteenth century. It can be viewed in PDF format in your browser or downloaded to your desktop.
> The Romantic Landscape Garden in Holland: Gijsbert Van Laar (1767–1820)