Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, Royal Gardener: place making in northern Europe

Jonathan Cedric Finch (Editor), Jan Woudstra (Editor)

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Capability Brown was one of the most influential landscape designers of the eighteenth century at a time when Britain was changing radically from an agrarian to an industrial nation, and Europe was periodically convulsed by war and revolution. The extent and nature of his influence are, however, fiercely debated. This book brings together a number of perspectives from across Northern Europe. This book takes his position as royal gardener and explores how his work practices, crucially placing him within the world of nurserymen and landscape designers some of whom lived and worked around Hampton Court Palace where Brown was based. His business practice of recruiting and retaining a well-paid circle of workmen, draughtsmen and designers allowed him to manage a huge number of projects and a substantial financial turnover, which in turn allowed him to work in a way that promoted his style of landscape. It also explores his legacy in Northern Europe. It draws on historical studies, art history and archaeology to understand Brown the man, the business and the legacy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWhite Rose University Consortium
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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