CAPABILITY BROWN AND THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH LANDSCAPE

by Roger Turner.

Published by Phillimore & co.

ISBN 1 86077 114 9

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 To those with ‘a poet’s feeling or a painter’s eye’ this book is DEDICATED

More than a book simply focusing on Brown, this study also takes account of the landscape movement at that time, its landowners and gardening fashion of the day, through to the landscape post Brown. I regularly reach for my copy and would recommend it to those wanting a wider perspective on Brown’s achievements. A worthy addition to any Brownian book shelf.

It is packed with good quality contemporary illustrations and images and chapters such as: ‘the progress of taste’, ‘Lancelot’s style and techniques’, and ‘the landscape garden after Brown’. There is also a useful gazetteer listing key achievements by Brown at each property. 

Inside the front over, the book is described as: ‘This important work first appeared in 1985 since when the author has revised the text, re-set, and updated the gazetteer. For those whose interests lie in understanding the history of gardening, landscape design or 18th-century society there is much to be found here, but equally this book will sharpen the appreciation of Brown’s work for all those who have visited his estates and enjoyed his enduring achievements’.

My 1999 copy has been revised and updated and presently sells from around £20 online.

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About Lancelot Capability Brown

Hello and Welcome to my Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown blog! I thrive on the richness and diversity found within our historic gardens and landscapes and I hope through this blog to paint a picture of Lancelot Brown’s 18th Century world, his landscapes and life. I’d like this blog to spread the Brownian word far and wide, so please join in, suggest post subjects, send in potential articles or links to anything and everything with 'Capability'. I’ll also be looking forward to the Capability Brown Tercentenary Celebration of his birth in 2016, and look forward to an incredible year where the work of Brown can receive more praise and recognition than ever before. I've also launched a Twitter account under the title of @Brown2016 where for the next few years I plan to help spread the word and at the very least play my part in the build-up to a special year for all who enjoy landscape gardening in its true form. All views are my own and do not represent those of any organisation.
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