Major exhibition celebrates Brown's Yorkshire landscapes

01.07.2016 | category: General
  • © Simon Miles

The first-ever exhibition dedicated to Capability Brown’s Yorkshire landscapes has opened in Harrogate, with an accompanying book also available.

Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape is a collaboration between the Mercer Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Gardens Trust. As well as celebrating the tercentenary of Brown’s birth, the exhibition also marks the Yorkshire Gardens Trust’s 20th anniversary.

Brown is known to have consulted on 14 sites in Yorkshire, including Burton Constable, Temple Newsam, Scampston and Harewood. There are a further eight sites that have been traditionally associated with Brown, but where no firm evidence to prove his involvement has been found.

The exhibition explore these landscapes, with new photography and 18th century artworks alongside original designs and documents by Brown. These include his large-scale plans for the works at Temple Newsam and his contract with the Earl of Scarborough to enhance the landscape setting of the ruins of Roche Abbey.

Visitors also have the chance to come face-to-face with Brown himself, thanks to a portrait by Nathaniel Dance lent to the exhibition by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The exhibition is free and runs until 11 September 2016, with a whole host of talks, tours and special events also taking place - for more information see our events listing pages. It is sponsored by Savills, The Landscape Agency, Saffery Champness and Coutts, and supported by the Capability Brown Festival.

The book, which shares the exhibition’s name, has been written by Yorkshire Gardens Trust member Karen Lynch, and forms the culmination of two years of research to identify just what Brown did in the county.

It features contemporary views by artists such as J.M.W. Turner and Paul Sandby as well as works by amateur artists who admired the landscapes they visited. Also illustrated are designs by Brown and portraits of the man and his Yorkshire clients. Stunning newly commissioned photography by artist Simon Warner shows the parks as they look today.

The book costs £12 including postage and packaging, and can be bought through the Yorkshire Gardens Trust website