John Dixon Hunt

John Dixon Hunt (born 18 January 1936 in Gloucester) is an English landscape historian. His work particularly focuses on the time between the turn of the seventeenth through the end of the 18th centuries in France and England. Professor Hunt began his academic career teaching English literature.

He is the author of many articles [not only in landscape journals but also Apollo, Lincoln Center Theater Review, and Comparative Criticism], and chapters on topics including T. S. Eliot and modern painting, Utopia in and as garden, and garden as commemoration.

Books in order of publication:


The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination: 1848–1900 (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968)

His Critical Commentary on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (Macmillan 1968)

The Figure in the Landscape: Poetry, Painting, and Gardening during the Eighteenth Century, Baltimore and London:The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976

Andrew Marvell: His life and writings, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978

Garden and Grove: The Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination 1600–1750, London and Melbourne:J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1986

William Kent, Landscape garden designer: An Assessment and Catalogue of his Designs, London:A. Zwemmer Ltd, 1987

The Pastoral Landscape, Hanover, New Haven and London: National Gallery of Art, 1992.

Gardens and the Picturesque: studies in the history of landscape architecture, Massachusetts:MIT Press, 1992.

Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Theory, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

The Picturesque Garden in Europe, London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.

The Afterlife of Gardens, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.

Nature Over Again: The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay, London: Reaktion Books, 2009.

The Venetian City Garden, Boston: Birkhäuser Architecture, 2009.

A World of Gardens, London: Reaktion Books, 2012.

Historical Ground: The role of history in contemporary landscape architecture, New York: Routledge, 2014.

Edited Books

John Dixon Hunt (editor), Garden history: issues, approaches, methods, Washington: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1989.

John Dixon Hunt (editor), The Italian Garden, Cambridge, New York and Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

John Dixon Hunt and Peter Willis (editors), The Genius of the Place, London: Paul Elek, 1975.

John Dixon Hunt and Michel Conan (editors), Tradition and Innovation in French Garden Art, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Michael Leslie and John Dixon Hunt (editors), A cultural history of gardens (6 volumes), London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

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