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Capability Brown and the English landscape garden /
Laura Mayer.
imprint
Oxford : Shire Library, c2011.
description
64 p. : chiefly col. ill.
ISBN
9780747810490
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author
imprint
Oxford : Shire Library, c2011.
isbn
9780747810490
catalogue key
7663182
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Laura Mayer holds a PhD on eighteenth-century architectural and landscape patronage from the University of Bristol. Her article on Capability Brown's transformation of Alnwick Castle won the Garden History Society essay prize in 2010 and she is working with Timothy Mowl on The Historic Gardens of England: Northumberland.
Reviews
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"With its many reproductions of line engravings and color photographs, this work is equivalent to many larger printed tomes on English garden history. Capability Brown (171683) took the English landscape and turned it into his ideal: large lawns, ponds, and forests in the distance. Nature was simplified in his hands. He changed the course of British estate landscaping and had enormous influence in the United States and elsewhere. Take this little book on your next British trip." -Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden.
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Summaries
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The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonomous with the 18th-century English landscape garden. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, lakes and enclosing belts of woodland in the estate's perimeter. This book explores his work.
Long Description
The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, lakes and enclosing belts of woodland on the estate's perimeter. With this standard park formula Brown and his followers held the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, resisting the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.
Main Description
The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions. Holding the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, Brown resisted the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.
Main Description
The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden: between 1751 and 1783 his consultancy handled over 170 major commissions. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, his trademark features included bald lawns, clumped trees, undulating lakes and enclosing belts of woodland on the estate's perimeter. With this standard park formula Brown and his followers held the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, resisting the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.
Main Description
The name Lancelot 'Capability' Brown has become synonymous with the eighteenth-century English landscape garden. Ruthlessly efficient, he could stake out the 'capabilities' of a particular terrain within an hour on horseback. Rising to the position of Master Gardener to George III, Brown and his followers held the commercial monopoly on garden design well into the following century, resisting the more rugged topography advocated by Richard Payne Knight's new generation of Romantics.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 4
Informal Beginningsp. 8
The Classical Arcadias of William Kentp. 16
Rococo Gardensp. 24
Capability Brown and the Landscape Parkp. 32
A Picturesque Controversyp. 48
Epiloguep. 59
Further Readingp. 61
Visiting The Landscapesp. 62
Indexp. 64
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