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The ‘Capability’ Brown Landscape at Compton Verney

It would be remiss of me to let another day pass without a word or two about the results achieved at Compton Verney by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It was Brown’s ‘Place Making’ efforts, in the pursuit of fashion which put the garden on the same page as many other notable landscape gardens in the eighteenth century – a fact that remains as relevant today as then. Invited along, (and paid for!) by the prominent 14th Baron Willoughby de Broke, John Peyto-Verney in 1768, Brown’s work followed that of Robert Adam who had spent the previous eight years updating the house. With a flick of the quill away went the previously fashionable formal garden to be replaced with a new, naturalistic style landscape with trees, serpentine lake plan and rolling acres of grass for farming and leisure pursuits. Teams of labourers and garden staff spent several years transforming the gardens and landscape to Brown’s new design, whilst master tradesmen set to work on a few very notable garden additions. The whole site would have been a hive of activity as the gravel walks, canal and parterres of the previous garden were gradually replaced by smooth lawns connecting the house with the […]

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Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men

Following the launch of a new book titled Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men – Landscape Revolution in Eighteenth century England, I’m glad to introduce a short talk that is taking place tomorrow, July 6th at Compton Verney, by the authors David Brown and Tom Williamson. For those interested or intrigued by the charismatic Mr Brown, this is a great opportunity to learn more first hand from the authors themselves; respected landscape historians. The talk will of course focus on the Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men book and in doing so will feature facts about the fascinating 18th century landscape garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, bringing particular focus to his business and drawing comparisons with similar figures such as the Adam brothers, Thomas Chippendale and Josiah Wedgewood. As you may know, Brown worked at Compton Verney for many years from 1768, creating a rural masterpiece that continues to be nurtured and cared for today. David Brown is Tutor of Landscape History at the University of Cambridge. Tom Williamson is Professor of Landscape History at the University of East Anglia. His books include Polite Landscapes: Gardens and Society in Eighteenth-century England (1998). Enquiries: If you’d like to find out more about the […]

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Sarah Rutherford: Discovering ‘Capability’ Brown

We caught up with Dr. Sarah Rutherford, author of The World of Capability Brown, as she prepares to give a fascinating talk on ‘Discovering Brown’ on 19 May at Compton Verney.

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Horticulture / Gardening Apprentice Wanted!

Extension of deadline for Horticultural Apprentice! Deadline for applications now Mon 23 May 2016. A brief summary of the vacancy is below, but please click through to the Compton Verney website page at the bottom of the post for further information and application form. It is a great learning opportunity, working at an historic landscape garden, originally designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This new role will include two years of training in a working environment, alongside the grounds team of staff and volunteers at Compton Verney. The individual will work to property, departmental and organisational objectives, whilst furthering knowledge and experience of supporting a landscape garden. This is a hands-on role, assisting in the delivery of high quality landscape and garden maintenance, and in due course with the planning, management and delivery of grounds based projects, to include visitor engagement and interpretation. Under supervision and guidance from Head of Landscape and Gardens, the candidate will acquire Level 1 or 2 work based diploma in Horticulture (Parks, Gardens and Green Space) in association with Warwickshire College. The role is a fascinating one, giving opportunity to learn whilst working in a fabulous and diverse heritage and arts location, with a great team of people. We […]

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