Revolutionary landscaper Capability Brown transformed Britain’s stately home gardens with his designs. Here are a few examples of his exquisite work
The revolutionary landscape style that Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown brought to the great houses of England in the 18th century is now synonymous with our image of stately homes. The likes of William Kent before him and Humphry Repton afterwards also coaxed wealthy clients to abandon earlier fashions for formal gardens in the Tudor, Dutch and French manner. But it is Brown who is most famous for the landscape tradition that came to epitomise Englishness, setting our grand houses in (artfully contrived) Edens of parkland.
In this, the Year of the English Garden, we celebrate some of his finest vistas.
Here are some of the best examples of Capability Brown’s work:
For the full feature see the Jan/Feb 2016 (March 2016) issue of BRITAIN.
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