The Elisabeth C. Miller Lecture
23rd Annual Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, University of Washington
Free tickets available at firstname.lastname@example.org after August 1.
‘Landskipping – A Celebration of our Landscape’
We are pleased to have noted author and lecturer Anna Pavord giving our 23rd Annual Miller Memorial Lecture based on her new book Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places.
Landskipping is a ravishing celebration of landscape, its iridescent beauty and its potential to comfort, awe and mesmerize. In spirit as Romantic as rational, Anna Pavord explores the different ways in which we have, throughout the ages, responded to the land. In the eighteenth century, artists first started to paint English scenery, and the Lakes, as well as Mt. Snowdon, began to attract a new kind of visitor, the landscape tourist. Early travel guides sought to capture the beauty and inspiration of waterfall, lake and fell. Sublime! Picturesque! they said, as they laid down rules for correctly appreciating a view.
While painters painted and writers wrote, an entirely different band of men, the agricultural improvers, also travelled the land, and published a series of remarkable commentaries on the state of agricultural England. They looked at the land in terms of its usefulness as well as its beauty, and, using their reports, Anna Pavord explores the many different ways that land was managed and farmed, showing that what is universal is a place’s capacity to frame and define our experience.
Moving from the rolling hills of Dorset to the peaks of the Scottish Highlands, this is an exquisite and compelling book, written with zest, passion and deep understanding.
The daughter of two enthusiastic gardeners, Anna Pavord was raised in Wales and graduated with honors in English from the University of Leicester. She is the gardening correspondent for The Independent, and the author of widely praised gardening books including The Flowering Year, Gardening Companion, the international bestseller, The Tulip (Bloomsbury), Plant Partners (Dorling Kindersley) and The Naming of Names (Bloomsbury, 2005). As well as writing for The Independent, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living, and Elle Decoration, and is an associate editor of Gardens Illustrated.
Anna lives in Dorset, England, in a Victorian farmhouse with the first garden she created from scratch.
Doors open at 6:30, lecture at 7:00
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See our list of previous Miller Lecture speakers here.