Capability Brown

1 portrait on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

Capability Brown, by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt, circa 1773 - NPG 6049 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Capability Brown

by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1773
29 5/8 in. x 24 7/8 in. (752 mm x 632 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG 6049


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Brown's open, naturalistic landscapes, populated by grazing herds and punctuated by eye-catching buildings, were much admired. His sparkling eyes and slightly cocked head in Dance's portrait give him a relaxed and approachable air. Brown commissioned this image, which also circulated as an engraving, reflecting the new celebrity of the landscape gardener.

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