Landscape design history: Beaux Arts versions of Persian-Mughal gardens
June 7, 2013 2:40 PM Subscribe
I work in a garden that is a Beaux Arts designed garden that mimics a Persian/Mughal walled garden. I'm interested in finding out what the Beaux Arts guys knew about these gardens and the ideas/symbolism/history that they were thinking about when they were designing them.
posted by sciencegeek to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am specifically interested in the kinds of sources that these guys were using for their garden design back in the early 1900s, as well as good sources on Beaux Arts design as it concerns Persian/Mughal garden design.
I have already found lots of books from about 1960 to the present on Persian/Mughal garden designs, but it struck me as I was reading them that back in 1915 the guy doing the design didn't have access to a lot of this information.
I've spent a bunch of time doing research in the sciences and while there is certainly some overlap in how to find things, I'm rapidly realizing that I am not skilled at this sort of stuff. Help!
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I can read French and can probably muddle through Italian but not German; so if there are sources in the first two, I'd be happy to take a look.
I have indirect access to an academic library through a family member - I'd generally stop by and ask a reference librarian for help with this, but I think that having my +1 do this might be too complicated. But I can have him take books out for me or make a couple of ILL requests.
Note: this is not for a class; you are not helping me do homework. This is my job and I haven't been assigned this as a project. I'm doing this just because I'm curious about the place I work in.