It is no secret that many of Brown's foremen were highly skilled and traded in their own right. They were recruited, some from Northumberland and presumably known to Brown in his youth, some from other gardens and from related trades.
A new exhibition at Hampton Court Palace showcases the work of John Spyers, with a series of drawings once owned by Catherine the Great. But who was John Spyers and what was his connection to Capability Brown? Tom Drysdale, Assistant Curator Historic Royal Palaces, explains