James Notman, Boston, engraving of portait photograph of Frederick Law Olmsted, later published in Century Magazine , 1903

Today Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) enjoys a reputation rivaling some of the greatest landscape designers of the past: André Le Nôtre, Louis XIV’s eminent seventeenth-century gardener, and eighteenth-century England’s Lancelot “Capability” Brown—who, along with his successor, Humphry Repton, altered the appearance of that country’s landscape with the transformation of the estates of Whig aristocrats into pastoral and picturesque pleasure grounds....

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