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Judy Bullington Published in ‘Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England’

judy bullingtonProfessor of Art History Judy Bullington recently published a chapter titled “Cultivating Meaning: The Chinese Manner in Early American Gardens” in the book “Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England.” The volume, published by the University of New Hampshire Press, was edited by Patricia A. Johnston, the Mears Chair in Fine Arts at The College of Holy Cross, and Caroline Frank of Brown University.

Bullington’s study focuses on the Chinese Manner as it appears in the architectural and ornamental details of gentry-class gardens from New England to Philadelphia and down the Atlantic coast during the formative years of the Revolution and through the era of the New Republic. She identifies an emerging pattern of introducing orientalized summerhouses, temples, bridges and the wooden palings of fences into the gardens surrounding the estates of prominent figures of the period and contextualizes a frequently referenced, but seldom analyzed, aspect of gardens that existed prior to the publication of A. J. Downing’s mid nineteenth-century treatise describing Chinese tastes in gardening.