Harold Peto

 Architect and Designer of gardens (1854-1933)

Harold Peto is now well established for creating some of the most outstanding gardens of the Edwardian period. The range of his work, much of which appeared in Country Life, is a huge testimony to his skill and appreciation of the different landscapes he undertook to design for his commissions. It is evident from his eclectic style how his work was inspired by the gardens and art of Italy, France, Spain and the Far East.

For more information on  Harold Peto see the following publications:

Harold PetoThe Boke of Iford (intro. Robin Whalley), Libanus Press, 1993.
Harold Peto: Travel Diaries: Italy 1887 (2011), America 1887 (2012), Spain 1888(2012), Italy 1888 (2013), France and Italy 1889 (2013), Greece and Turkey 1891 (2013), Egypt 1892-93 (2014), Italy 1895: Sicily and Venice (2014), Germany and Italy 1896 (2015), (all introduced by Robin Whalley) published by Cwareli Press.

Hilary J Grainger: The Architecture of Sir Ernest George, Spire Books, 2011.
Hilary J Grainger: 'Harold A Peto (1854-1933) architect, interior designer, collector and aesthete', in The Practice of Architecture: eight architects, 1830-1930, edited by Christopher Webster, Spire Books, 2012.
Tim Longville: 'Welcome to the Genius of Harold Peto': Country Life, 19th January, 2011 (an article on Wayford Manor).
Robin Whalley: The Great Edwardian Gardens of Harold Peto, Aurum Press, 2009 (from the Archives of Country Life).
Robin Whalley: ‘Shadows from Pompeii and the work of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’: Garden History: Journal of the Garden History Society. Vol 33 (2) Winter, 2005.
The following are articles and extracts from the Travel Diaries:

Robin Whalley: ‘Harold Peto’s Spanish Diary 1888’: Hortus, 55 Autumn 2000.
Robin Whalley: ‘Harold Peto’s Japanese Diaries’: Hortus, 36 Winter, 1995  & 37 Spring, 1996.