Stewart Till CBE, formerly Chairman of the UK Film Council and CEO, United International Pictures
From prehistory right up to the present day, our attitude to the British landscape and the natural world has been constantly changing. An evocative and descriptive exploration of these attitudes down the centuries, through poetry, philosophy and stunning photography Images of Nature charts our evolving relationship with the landscape as both habitat and creative inspiration - from the prehistoric, Celtic and medieval eras to the evolution of landscape gardening, the Romantic Movement and Modernism. Images of Nature is also a richly illustrated guidebook. It focuses on a wealth of places that have shaped - and been shaped by - British life down the centuries and inspired some of our greatest creative minds: from the gardens that provoked some of Andrew Marvell and Sir Philip Sidney’s poetic masterpieces and the landscapes and ancient monuments that inspired the likes of John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, William Blake and Samuel Palmer through to the environments that impacted on such 20th-century cultural giants as Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten, T.S. Eliot, L. S. Lowry, D. H. Lawrence and Henry Moore. Each chronological section has a comprehensive gazetteer that describes key locations associated with each era’s individual attitudes to, and representations of, the natural world.