Garden Follies

This painting by Louis Carrogis Carmontelle depicts the garden he designed in 1773 for the Duke of Chartres, now known as Parc Monceau, which included many “follies”, created to surprise and divert the visitor. Follies became popular garden landscape structures of the late 18th and throughout the 19th century and included classical temples, ruined Gothic abbeys, Egyptian pyramids, Chinese pagodas, Japanese bridges, and Tatar tents. Many such structures can also be found on 19th C. and earlier buttons.