Abbot Suger and Saint-Denis: A symposium by Paula Lieber Gerson

By Paula Lieber Gerson

In line with papers offered at a symposium held in 1981 on the Cloisters
(in conjunction with an exhibition entitled The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis
in the time of Abbot Suger (1122-1151) and at Columbia University,
sponsored by way of the overseas middle for Medieval paintings and the Medieval and Renaissance
Interdisciplinary reviews Committee of Columbia college.

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Its charm- - A. ^cn-and'wash drawing hy William and '^avid Hiorne of a garden Gopall '^ark^xn shirc, u'liicli 15 the done "scat" at Leicester- hcfore 1758, similar inform to summer house at 8>nville. ing ogee arches and rose windows are similar to Keene's lovely Hartwell church in Buckinghamshire, one of the few rococo Gothick churches de- glass window is joined by two smaller ones on either side. About twentv-four signed during this time. Situated in a central section a large, round, flower- like painted clump of trees not house, the Batty Langley— style far from the main summer house can interior, plasterwork, is still room and wall; side walls are standing architectural feature shaped arches, trimmed with that form the top of ogee shape is its is its finials Its triple out- ogee- and crockets, front facade.

Enville's eighteenth-ccnturv owner, j\hove: Vhc jlamhoyant cunts toppma front facade of the recently restored the witdows. filled its spacious grounds with a dazzling array of delight- summer house are rcj^eated over the doorway and jlan]<^n^ Lord Stamford, its ful follies. c/his dcUahtful folly, A number of Enville's follies, such as a boathouse, farmhouse, and arch, about twentyfour feet daf, has heen referred to billiard throughout tlt£ years as a were Gothic in design. A nineteenth-century addition included a spectac- room and a museum.

V ^^ i^iP^ T^. S S roller ornamented with F1I5, 15 toward landscape gardens grew, grounds surrounding English country from the archives of^runschwicj & THE TREND 51 ittYU'iiitli repeat, vertical houses became dotted with a vast array of fol- rows of pilars made up of Gothic nulitvsanJ joined hy flowers scat- The renowned gardens Hes. Stowe alone of tered throualiout. contained forty-eight such structures. Follies A Opp5itt;. cottaae orne assumed many forms, from simple ran2;ing "designed to comhinc with garden scenery" is one of the hand-colored columns and arches to a rustic vine-covered cottage or a shell grotto com- vlates in J0I111 '^aj^ivorths Designs for Rural Residences, and again ^anxing the issued first in in 1 text, 832.

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