This is the very last newsletter article of the Capability Brown Festival. Thank you for reading! A particularly big thank you to all the people who have written articles and generously shared their knowledge and enthusiasm with us. We decided to issue the last newsletter on 16th February, the date of Lancelot Brown’s burial as recorded in the parish register of Fenstanton.
The Capability Brown Festival year has been a spur for new research about Brown's work and for sharing existing information. One legacy of the Festival will be access to this wealth of information and research through information pages linked to the Interactive Map on the Capability Brown website.
2016 saw the digitisation of the RHS Lindley Library’s Brown Account Book, and the Royal Bank of Scotland Archives' holdings of Brown’s Drummonds bank account. These wonderful research resources have recently been joined by the Georgian Papers Programme which aims to digitise the Royal Hanoverian archives and publish them online.
Anna Maria Garthwaite was a silk designer in Spitalfields. Her silk patterns were a riot of exotic North American plants and flowers which were starting to arrive in Britain via Transatlantic trade routes. Her popular designs mirror the British fascination with gardens and helped foster a craze for wearing botanical landscapes in silk across the British Empire. Zara Anishanslin explores.
In its 18th century heyday, the plant collection at Croome was "second only to Kew". The 6th Earl of Coventry, owner of Croome, was a huge plant fan and fortunately for us now, hundreds of plant bills remain in the Croome archive.
Poppy Coles' love of history turned into a grand historical foray across the country. The challenge: to 'find' Capability Brown - this ordinary farmer's son who changed the face of the English garden forever.