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The Gardens of Lingnan: Valorizing the Third Garden Culture in China

Josepha Richard, University of Sheffield, Summer Fellow 2015–2016

I am a doctoral candidate studying the nineteenth-century gardens of the Guangdong province, which are at the origin of a regional garden culture known as Lingnan. I initially intended to focus my research on representations of Lingnan and Beijing gardens in both Western and Chinese sources (pictorial and written). I fulfilled this objective with the help of the rich Chinese garden collection at the library, notably in the Rare Books Reading Room. I also collected a substantial amount of Western travel accounts of China and broadened my knowledge of the history of China trade, especially from the point of view of American traders. Moreover, I took the opportunity to advance my knowledge of the existing literature on Chinese gardens, both in Chinese and Western languages, in order to offer a thorough  literature review in my introductory chapters.