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Capability Brown

Sarah Rutherford

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  • Ties in with the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown’s birth in 2016. At the same time, a lottery-funded national campaign will raise awareness of this national hero through the press and special events.

  • An accessible book that looks at the life, influences, techniques and works of the man who changed the face of Britain.

  • Illustrated throughout with over 120 colour photographs, plans and paintings of his works.

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    One of the most remarkable men of the 18th century, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was known to many as ‘The Omnipotent Magician’ who could transform unpromising countryside into beautiful parks that seemed to be only the work of nature. His list of clients included half the House of Lords, six Prime Ministers and even royalty. Although his fame has dimmed, we still enjoy many of his works today at National Trust properties such as Croome Park, Petworth, Berrington, Stowe, Wimpole, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle (location of the ITV series Downton Abbey) and many more.


    In Capability Brown, author and garden historian Sarah Rutherford tells his triumphant story, uncovers his aims and reveals why he was so successful. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs of contemporary sites, historical paintings and garden plans, this is an accessible book for anyone who wants to know more about the man who changed the face of the nation and created a landscape style which for many of us defines the English countryside.


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    Imprint National Trust
    ISBN 9781909881549
    Publication Date 14 Apr 2016
    Format Hardback
    Dimensions (246 x 189)
    Page Extent 192
    Illustrations Around 120 colour photographs, plans and paintings
    View Inside Pages Not Yet Available
    Author Sarah Rutherford
    About the Author

    Sarah Rutherford is an enthusiastic garden historian and Kew-trained gardener. She has a passion for Capability Brown and his landscape gardens and has visited and studied many to understand the man and his legendary capabilities. As a consultant she has been preparing conservation plans for over twelve years for all sorts of historic parks and gardens. She has written books on subjects as diverse as Victorian Asylums, Georgian Garden Buildings and Botanic Gardens.

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