About this blog: Lancelot ‘capability’ Brown

Welcome to this Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown focused blog with posts and information about the English 18th Century Landscape Gardener.

This blog, associated email and twitter accounts are a voluntary, and personal vehicle of support towards the 2016 Capability Brown tercentenary.

Particular support is offered towards the Heart of England Capability Brown 2016 Steering Group.

Twitter: @Brown2016
E-Mail: capabilitybrown2016@gmail.com

6 Responses to About this blog: Lancelot ‘capability’ Brown

  1. Well Done!
    and thank you for putting the blog together, and for your enthusiasm for Brown,
    I too recognize his position in the grand scheme of landscape history, and I hope this builds as we move toward 2016.
    LCB had his detractors, but if his work had not been so significant and forever changing the direction of landscape design, he might have gone unnoticed, and we would all be seeing different landscapes today.
    On anther note, LCB was known to have employed associates to help render his designs, and for the work of drafting. But I am interested to hear from anyone who knows of drawings or paintings,[particularly watercolors], produced by his own hand. I have a work purported to be by LCB, and would like to compare with any other known works, and possibly share any new knowledge on this aspect of Brown.

    • Hi Andy,
      Many thanks for your comments. As I’m sure you’re aware, the blog is my small contribution towards recognising Brown and his significant landscape and architectural activities. It may well be surpassed by larger scale activity on the run up to 2016, and if that happens – it can only be a good thing.
      Unfortunately, Brown’s detractors are many, both in his day and ours, but there is a very strong Brown following already, and it would be great to build on this. 2016 does offer a good opportunity to engage people and help them to see Brown’s work in different ways. I know that on here, I’m sort of preaching to the converted, but I’m sure more people will come on board, for all sorts of reasons, and many more people can benefit from increased ‘Capability’ Brown activity.
      Great point on the Brown drawings and paintings. I’m hopeful that somebody reading this will be able to help you, and ideed all of us to learn more of Brown’s skill and ability. If you do hear anything, or would like to send me an image to use on the blog; I’d be happy to feature it in a future post.

  2. Susie white says:

    Hi Toby, Here’s a link to a short piece i wrote as a
    Country Diary for the Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/the-northerner/2011/dec/08/country-diary-kirkharle-northumberland. Have you met
    Nick Owen who lives in Northumberland, is part of the Desbois Landscape group and has been involved with many Brown landscapes? He was the consultant on the Kirkharle project, Susie White

  3. Susie white says:

    Just me doing too many things too fast and not reading properly!

  4. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks. Pleased to have found such a well informed blog on a fascinating subject. Looking forward to reading a lot more here. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin).

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