Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, 1716-1783: The Omnipotent Magician, 1716-1783

Rosemary Hill writes:

Brown’s birth in 1716 coincided almost exactly with the early stirrings of the landscape movement. A year earlier, Stephen Switzer, one of the first promoters of the picturesque style, published The Nobleman, Gentleman and Gardener’s Recreation and when Brown was three, Alexander Pope, who believed that ‘all gardening is landscape painting,’ began work on the house and grounds at Twickenham which he continued to alter and write about for the rest of his life. Gardening of this sort was not only painting, it was also from the outset poetry, philosophy and politics.

(LRB 5 January 2012)

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