Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden

Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden

by Laura Mayer


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The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, undulating lakes and enclosing belts of woodland on the estate's perimeter. With this standard park formula Brown and his followers held the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, resisting the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747810490
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Series: Shire Library Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Laura Mayer is studying for a PhD in eighteenth-century gardens at the university of Bristol under the supervision of Professor Timothy Mowl. She won the 2010 Garden History Society essay prize and is working, with Timothy Mowl, on The Historic Gardens of England: Northumberland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Informal Beginnings 8

The Classical Arcadias of William Kent 16

Rococo Gardens 24

Capability Brown and the Landscape Park 32

A Picturesque Controversy 48

Epilogue 59

Further Reading 61

Visiting The Landscapes 62

Index 64

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