Red squirrels at Wallington would be a familiar sight to the young Lancelot Brown as he walked several miles to school in the Wallington Estate village of Cambo each day from his home in nearby Kirkharle, and as much part of the landscape as the trees, lakes and streams he was later to manipulate to create the ideal of the English landscape we see in his work today.
The British country house has long been regarded as the jewel in the nation's heritage crown. But the country house is also an expression of wealth and power, and as scholars reconsider the nation's colonial past, new questions are being posed about these great houses and their links to Transatlantic slavery.
The Orangery at Mamhead is an estate retreat which boasts an 18th-century parkland designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose imprint can still be found across the estate today.
'This landscape is broken backs mounting into hills, this landscape is a place where dreams are born for those with enough.'
Using Brown landscapes as their inspiration for this exciting project, textile artists countrywide have interpreted them with fabric and thread to produce unique pieces of textile art.
It is important to understand Capability Brown in the wider European context and the Philosophy of the Enlightenment. Philosophers all had their differences, but shared a common belief in the problem solving power of the human mind.
Every page from Brown's Account Book has taught us something about Brown’s character and business ethics.
‘At What Cost?’ was a Beatfreeks project that explored the work of infamous landscape architect, Capability ‘Lancelot’ Brown, at Warwick Castle on behalf of the Capability Brown Festival.
Alex, a Germany-based Irishman, blogs about his visit to Warwick Castle to see the 'At What Cost?' project by Beatfreeks.