Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape

25 June - 11 September 2016
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The first ever exhibition dedicated to the Yorkshire landscapes of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783), celebrates the tercentenary of Brown's birth and also marks the twentieth-anniversary of the founding of the Yorkshire Gardens Trust. 

Brown was the leading landscape designer of the second-half of the eighteenth century and there are around 20 sites in Yorkshire associated with him, one of the greatest concentrations in the country. The landscape garden is recognised as one of Britain's greatest artistic achievements and the designs of Brown and his contemporaries influenced gardens across the world. 

Featured in the show will be portraits of Brown and his Yorkshire clients, original plans, drawings and documents by Brown, paintings of his creations and works of art that inspired his landscapes. Courtesy of Harrogate Borough Council the exhibition will be held in the intimate setting of the North Galleries of the Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. 

New research will inform the exhibition which will be accompanied by a book considering each of the landscapes and with specially-commissioned photography. 

Opening times are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday and 2 – 5pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Further Details

  • Event type:  Exhibition
  • Cost:  FREE
  • Location:  Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2SA
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