Born the son of a Northumberland farmer and died a friend of Dukes, Lancelot Brown has had a profound and enduring impact on the rural landscape of Great Britain.
Brown trained as a gardener at Stowe where William Kent had created the ‘Elysian Fields’, the first great English ‘classical’ landscape. Brown developed his own style - landscapes which wrapped around the great Palladian mansions which were being built; a subtle blend of water, woodland, follies and classical temples. To Brown, all landscapes had ‘capabilities’ and such was his popularity that many of those now mature landscapes still delight us today.
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