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The Garden As A Pedagogical Project

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The English landscape garden came into fashion around 1770 and quickly spread throughout Europe. When Lambert van Eck decided to take a shovel to his garden, the English style had already been adopted here and there. De Ruit, the country house where Otto van Eck grew up, was situated on the River Vliet, the waterway connecting Delft and The Hague. On the 1712 map of Delfl and, the garden of the country estate is portrayed to a high degree of accuracy. The animals bred at De Ruit also offered educational opportunities. In August 1791, Otto was permitted to help Gijs the gardener make a pen for the pig, 'which must now be erected in haste, in order to fatten it up'. On 29 April 1797, Otto wrote in his diary that in the spring De Ruit became 'an earthly paradise'. It was common to compare country estates to Arcadia.

Keywords: Arcadia; De Ruit; English landscape garden; Lambert van Eck; Otto van Eck



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