Rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers of the eighteenth century. His writings inspired the leaders of the French Revolution - and the making of landscape gardens in France. In May 1778 he moved to a house on the estate of the Marquis Renï¿½ de Girardin at Ermenonville and was buried on the Ile des Peopliers (Isle of Poplars) in the lake. The island survives but his remains were moved to Paris during the Revolution. In his novelle La Nouvelle Heloise (1761) Julie took her lover to a wilderness without any trace of humanity. It was nature unadorned.
Gardens designed by Rousseau, Jean-Jacques