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The Garden at Kew

This etching, along with the four hanging to the left, is part of a series showing the mature phase of the garden at Kew. These gardens were initially laid out for Frederick, Prince of Wales by William Kent. They were completed by William Chambers between 1757 and 1763. Garden buildings such as the Chinese pagoda, which still stands today, the Mosque and the Moorish Alhambra, were intended to provoke discussion on the nature of different religions and philosophies. Kew was characteristic of gardens of the period in representing the intellectual preoccupations of its creator. A true garden of the Enlightenment, it reflected the full range of contemporary thought.