Clumps and Concrete: 300 years of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown
With Dr Oliver Cox, landscape historian, with introduction by Tim Richardson, The Telegraph
Tuesday 26 April at 7pm
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
For a nation renowned for its love of gardening, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is one of our greatest exports. The English landscape garden, epitomised by places such as Stowe or Blenheim Palace, are achievements on world scale. In this, the 300th year of Brown’s birth, Oliver Cox will explain how these beautiful garden landscapes were created and how eighteenth century landscape design has inspired post-war reconstruction.
Brown cut his teeth designing the garden landscapes surrounding Stowe House, a building that has been World Monuments Fund Britain’s 10-year flagship project. Every window of the mansion frames a view crafted by the hand of Brown. From Stowe, Brown’s name was associated with around 250 landscapes before his death at the age of 67. His work is enduring and the images which his created remain embedded in the English character through art and literature.
In the twenty-first century Brown’s influence remains more powerful than ever, and as we celebrate the 300th year since his birth we explore the way in which his name has become a shorthand in popular culture.
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About the author: Sarah Meaker is the Events and Membership Manager for World Monuments Fund Britain.