ARTstor is collaborating with the Foundation for Landscape Studies and the Century Association Archives Foundation to share nearly 500 images from the late 19th century of Italian landscape architecture in the Digital Library. These images join the approximately 5,000 contemporary photographs of cultural landscapes and engravings from rare books currently in the Foundation for Landscape Studies collection.

The photographs to be released were taken by landscape architect Charles Adams Platt as he toured Italy’s gardens and villas circa 1892. The resulting albumen print collection culminated in Platt’s celebrated book Italian Gardens (1894), which is credited with influencing the Beaux Arts movement in American landscape architecture. The images in the Foundation for Landscape Studies collection have been scanned directly from Platt’s albumen print albums.

Charles Adams Platt (1861-1933) was one of the most celebrated American architects and landscape designers of the early 20th century. His most influential projects include the design for the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the estate gardens of William Mather Gwinn near Cleveland, Ohio, the Maxwell Court in Rockville, Connecticut, and Villa Turicum in Lake Forest, Illinois.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Foundation for Landscape Studies page.