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  • Collection: Blithewood Garden

Watercolor map of Blithewood

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This image is scanned from Robert A. Toole’s 2010 book, 'Landscape Gardens on the Hudson, a History,' in which he describes this as “one of the best site plans to survive showing a Picturesque landscape garden.” Original watercolor housed in the…

Verso of photograph of structure known as Zabriskie's Drill Hall

This photograph was donated to Bard College by J. R. Delafield. This handwritten inscription, signed J. R. Delafield, dates the photograph[h to 1888, and identifies it as ‘the Coach House on the estate of John Bard,’ though the structure dates to…

The New Gate Lodge at Blithewood

This image is an enlargement of an engraving of the Blithewood Gatehouse designed by A.J. Davis from an edition of A.J. Downing’s Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Rural Architecture and Landscape Gardening. Interestingly, Downing describes…

The horticulturist and journal of rural art and rural taste, August 1846, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 56-57

A double-page spread from the August 1846 issue of Downing's Horticulturist, titled 'A New Vinery at Blithewood,' and featuring Robert Donaldson's Blithewood.

The Garden at Blithewood, Barrytown, NY

The formal gardens with central fountain at Blithewood, now part of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. The Hudson River can be seen in the background.

The Bard College Newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 2

The entire issue of this alumni/ae newsletter was devoted to the 1951 gift of the Blithewood estate to Bard College. Created at the turn of the twentieth century by Francis L. V. Hoppin (1867–1941), of the architectural firm Hoppin & Koen, for…

The Bard College Newletter, Perspectives, Vol. 125, No. 3

In the 1986 issue of the Bard College Bulletin, Perspectives, Blithewood Garden was featured on the cover. Inside, an article by the well-known garden writer Tovah Martin was illustrated with color photographs by Geoffrey Martin. Blithewood Garden is…


The sculpture was created as part of Bassler's senior project at Bard College, and at the time replaced an earlier floral fountain that had fallen into disrepair. "Seclusion" was removed from Blithewood during its restoration in the early 1990s. She…

Photograph of Blithewood Garden from Beautiful Gardens in America, by Louise Shelton

Blithewood Garden image, ca. 1915. From : Beautiful Gardens in America, by Louise Shelton. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1916, Plate 49.