Capability Brown(1716-1783), Landscape gardener
Lancelot ('Capability') Brown
Sitter in 4 portraits
'Capability' Brown was the most successful eighteenth-century landscape designer. He began working as a gardener in his native Northumberland and became William Kent's assistant at Stowe, Buckinghamshire before striking out on his own. From 1749 he worked independently, mainly as a landscape gardener. He worked for an impressive range of clients and told them that their estates had great 'capabilities'. He remoulded the parks around country houses with gentle slopes and serpentine lakes. His designs set a fashion for open, naturalistic landscapes, populated by grazing herds and punctuated by eye-catching buildings.
- Appuldurcombe House, Isle of Wight
- Audley End House & Gardens, Essex
- Berrington Hall, Nr Leominster, Herefordshire
- Blue plaque, Wilderness House, Moat Lane, Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, London KT8 9AR
- Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Wiltshire
- Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire
- Croome Park, Worcestershire
- Escot Country Park & Gardens, Escot, Devon
- Kew Gardens, Richmond, London
- Lancelot ('Capability') Brown in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Petworth House, Petworth, Sussex
- Roche Abbey, Yorkshire
- Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset
- Stowe Gardens, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire
- Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex
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