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(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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"It was quite a lot of fun to make; I got people doing some quite daft walking and I got to stand there and order them about!" Capability Brown factfile: | Lancelot Brown was born in 1716 on |August 30, in Northumberland His first job was as a gardener's boy at |nearby Kirkharle Hall Developed his skills |working for Lord Cobham Some of his most |famous commissions were Chatsworth, Blenheim and Althorp His nickname came |because he would tell clients their gardens had "great capabilities" He designed |more than 170 gardens and parks Below: A still cut out from 'Nor Stamp Hard on the Ground Neither' by Amelia Crouch, a film about Whitley Beaumont, Lepton, and landscaper Lancelot Capability Brown, above
Charles Eugence Lancelot Brown: son of Charles Brown, cofounder of Brown Boveri & Cle (now Asea Brown Boveri)
Another very worthy Brown was Lancelot Brown, a landscape gardener, who by the time he died in 1783 had made his mark on nearly every county in the country
House and garden are an amazing collage created by almost all the best architects and garden designers (particularly those with Whig connections): Vanbrugh, Bridgeman, Gibbs, Kent, Lancelot Brown, Robert Adam, even Soane all contributed ideas, parts of the palace, and the park's temples and pavilions.
The gardener in question was Lancelot Brown, who would later be nicknamed 'Capability' and become the most famous landscapist in England.