John Dixon Hunt (born 18 January 1936 in Gloucester) is an English landscape historian. His work particularly focuses on the time between the turn of the seventeenth through the end of the 18th centuries in France and England. Professor Hunt began his academic career teaching English literature.
He is the author of many articles [not only in landscape journals but also Apollo, Lincoln Center Theater Review, and Comparative Criticism], and chapters on topics including T. S. Eliot and modern painting, Utopia in and as garden, and garden as commemoration.
He has written numerous books which include The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination: 1848–1900 (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968), his Critical Commentary on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (Macmillan 1968), studies of Marvell, Ruskin, and William Kent, his classic Garden and Grove: The Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination: 1600–1750 (J. M. Dent, 1986), Greater Perfections (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), Picturesque Garden in Europe (Thames & Hudson, 2002), and The Afterlife of Gardens (Reaktion Books, 2004), A World of Gardens (Reaktion Books, 2012) and The Making of Place: Modern and Contemporary Gardens (Reaktion Books, 2015).
Books in order of publication:
The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination: 1848–1900 (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1968)
His Critical Commentary on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (Macmillan 1968) Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” – 1970
The Figure in the Landscape: Poetry, Painting, and Gardening during the Eighteenth Century, Baltimore, and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976
The Pre-Raphaelite Imagination – 1977
Andrew Marvell: His life and writings, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1978
The Genius of the Place: The English Landscape Garden 1620-1820 – 1979
The Wider Sea: A Life Of John Ruskin – 1982
Garden and Grove: The Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination 1600–1750, London and Melbourne. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1986
William Kent, Landscape garden designer: An Assessment and Catalogue of his Designs, London: A. Zwemmer Ltd, 1987
William Kent, Landscape Garden Designer: An Assessment and Catalogue of His Designs – 1988
Anglo-Dutch Garden in the Age – 1990
The Dutch Garden in the Seventeenth Century – 1990
The Pastoral Landscape, Hanover, New Haven and London: National Gallery of Art, 1992.
Garden History: Issues, Approaches, Methods – 1992
Gardens and the Picturesque: studies in the history of landscape architecture, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1992.
The Oxford Book of Garden Verse – 1993
The Vernacular Garden – 1995
The Italian Garden – 1996
Greater Perfections: The Practice of Garden Theory, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.
The Picturesque Garden in Europe, London: Thames and Hudson, 2002.
Tradition and Innovation in French Garden Art: Chapters of a New History – 2002
The Afterlife of Gardens, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004.
Nature Over Again: The Garden Art of Ian Hamilton Finlay, London: Reaktion Books, 2009.
The Venetian City Garden, Boston: Birkhäuser Architecture, 2009.
A World of Gardens, London: Reaktion Books, 2012.
Historical Ground: The role of history in contemporary landscape architecture, New York: Routledge, 2014.
The Making of Place: Modern and Contemporary Gardens (Reaktion Books, 2015).
Site, Sight, Insight: Essays on Landscape Architecture – 2016
Pwp Landscape Architecture: Building Ideas – 2017