Put simply, Kent designed idealised landscapes with softened edges, sinuous walks, water features, many varied buildings and long prospects where garden and park were indistinguishable. As Horace Walpole put it, Kent ‘leaped the fence, and saw that all nature was a garden.’
The noted garden historian, Professor Tim Mowl offers an insight onto Kent and his work on this video of his 2010 Claremont Garden History Lecture. Here is part one (of seven):
However, it is not easy to visit a Kentian landscape because his works were overlaid by successive incarnations of the English landscape garden. Most often by ‘Capability’ Brown.
For those who wish to read more, try Simon Pugh’s ‘Rousham and the English landscape garden’.
And for comparison, Blenheim Palace, perhaps the finest example of ‘Capability’ Brown’s landscaping work is a mere 7 km from Rousham.