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quinta-feira, 30 de maio de 2013

The Serpentine

The Serpentine is a lake in Hyde Park, London. It was created in 1730 by Caroline of Ansbach, wife of King George II who ordered the water to be pumped from the river Westboune to build a lake in the middle of Hyde Park. The Serpentine became the first artificial lake in the world and was most appreciated and visited. Even today it is a meeting point and rest place for Londoners and tourists.

George Sidney Shepherd. The Serpentine, Hyde Park.( 19th century)

Charles Bridgeman was responsible for the design of the Serpentine. He was promoted to Royal gardener and later became known as the pioneer in the landscaping trend that spread throughout Europe in the 18th century: the English garden. He also designed the Round Pond in the Kensington gardens.

Charles Bridgeman is depicted in this painting from William Hogarth (1697-1764)-THE RAKE'S PROGRESS- (The 4th from the left)

The Kensington Palace and Gardens are worth a visit when you go to London. There you can admire Queen Victoria´s bedroom. From the Palace, the view is spectacular.

The Round Pond


Queen Victoria´s bedroom

The idea for this post came from:
Bill Bryson. Em casa.Bertrand Editora, 2011

2 comentários:

  1. Oh, I had no idea it was an artificial lake! How very informative :)
    I fell in the Serpentine when I was younger - just before seeing a concert at the Royal Albert Hall...

    Also, I would like to have Queen Victoria's bed.

    1. I hope it was in the summer. You had never told me that... I guess you had to get new clothes...

      I also saw an interesting exhibition about Diana´s style and fashion in the palace (this is where she lived)and some lessons on etiquette...