Capability Brown


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Brown, Capability

(Lancelot Brown), 1715–83, English landscape gardener, b. Kirkharle, Northumberland. The leading landscape gardener of his time, he is known for designing gardens that broke with the French formal tradition. He favored a distinctively English style of grandly picturesque, natural-appearing, and asymmetrically structured landscapes replete with groves of trees, expansive lawns, meandering streams, and sylvan lakes. Brown began as a young gardener to the gentry and, working at the famous gardens at Stowe during the 1740s, became a disciple of William KentKent, William,
1685–1748, English landscape gardener, architect, and painter. A minor painter, Kent made ceiling decorations for Kensington Palace. He greatly influenced landscape gardening by changing the prevailing artificial style to one based more closely on nature, as
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. In 1749 he became a consulting gardener and earned his nickname by often telling clients that their properties had "capabilities." Brown created many of the most important gardens of the 18th cent., including those at Petworth House, Kew, Blenheim Palace, Ashburnham Place, and Warwick Castle. He also designed several country houses.
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GARDENS which overlook the landscape where Capability Brown was born and raised are to open to the public this weekend for charity.
GARDENS which look overlooking the landscape where Capability Brown was born and raised are to open to the public this weekend for charity.
The gardeners hail from around the world and were active in the past 500 years, such as William Kent, Charles Jenck, Andre Le Nftre, Christopher Bradley-Hole, Capability Brown, Roberto Burle Marx, William Robinson, Claude Monet, Lelia Caetani, Christopher Lloyd, Penelope Hobhouse, Thomas Jefferson, Wen Zhengming, and Piet Oudolf.
Film star looks An exhibition at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland shows how Capability Brown remodelled the grounds.
GARDEN lovers are quick to recognise the contribution that landscape architect Capability Brown made in transforming outdoor spaces.
By JAYNE HOWARTH Homes Writer GARDEN lovers are quick to recognise the contribution that landscape architect Capability Brown made in transforming outdoor spaces.
LANDSCAPES created by leading garden designer Capability Brown are being protected to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth.
And Alan Power celebrates the glory of the landscapes of Capability Brown, visiting Croome Court in Worcestershire.
His first stop is Burghley House in Lincolnshire, a vast Elizabethan masterpiece set in 1,000 acres designed by 'England's Greatest Gardener' Capability Brown.
Until recently that was all that was known but new research for the exhibition has shown his plan was implemented and Whitley Beaumont is an important Capability Brown landscape.

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