CAPABILITY BROWN AND THE ENGLISH LANDSCAPE GARDEN
by LAURA MAYER.
Shire Publications. ISBN-13: 978 0 74780 049 0
A compact book of the Shire Library series and published in 2011. It is however not light on detail, and is a great first reference for those looking for a take-anywhere handbook. Available for under £7, this book introduces Brown and other landscape designers of note. As we know, changing fashion has an impact on gardens design, and Laura Mayer explains this successfully in a colourful and easy to read sixty-four pages. If you’re new to Capability Brown, or eighteenth century landscape gardening, then this would be the ideal toe dipping pool in which to start.
The book’s description includes:
‘Laura Mayer presents a concise and colourful introduction to Brown and other leading landscape gardeners of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, such as William Kent, William Payne Knight and Humphry Repton. She explores how competing ideas in garden design were shaped both by chances in prevailing fashion, and by the innovations of particular designers, and why Brown’s designs are currently considered to be the epitome of landscape gardening in this period’.