Wilton Garden

Designer: Isaac de Caus (British (born France), Dieppe 1590–after 1655)

Etcher: Peter Stent (British, active ca. 1615/17–1665)

Publisher: Thomas Rowlett (London)

Published in: London

Date: ca. 1640

Medium: Illustrations: etching

Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 13 x 7/16 in. (21 x 33 x 1.1 cm)

Classification: Books

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.66.2


The garden of Wilton House (Wiltshire), famous today for its eighteenth-century landscape design containing England's first Palladian bridge, was originally laid out in the mid-1630s by the French-born Isaac de Caus (active 1623–55). It was commissioned by Philip Herbert, fourth earl of Pembroke, pivotal figure of the intellectual circles at court, to which the architect Inigo Jones (1573–1652) belonged. Recognized for having brought the classical style to England, Jones may well have been involved in Wilton's building campaign, given its Italianate components.