Capability Brown Celebrating 300 years with the National Trust — National Trust Press Office

Capability Brown

Celebrating 300 years of Capability Brown with the National Trust — National Trust Press Office

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the UK’s most celebrated landscape gardeners, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. A revered designer, entrepreneur and salesman, his nickname came from his fondness for describing country estates as having great ‘capabilities’ for improvement. He designed landscapes on an immense scale which provided the must-have setting for […]

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  • Born: 30 Aug 1716 · Kirkharle, United Kingdom
  • Died: 06 Feb 1783 · London
  • Lancelot Brown, more commonly known as Capability Brown, was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as “the last of the great English 18th century artists to be accorded his due”, and “England’s greatest gardener”. He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure.


    1719: Starting in 1719, William Kent replaced these with more naturalistic compositions, which reached their greatest refinement in Brown’s landscapes.
    1739: In 1739 he journeyed south arriving at the port of Boston, Lincolnshire.
    1741: In 1741, Brown joined Lord Cobham’s gardening staff as undergardener at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, where he worked under William Kent, one of the founders of the new English style of landscape garden.
    1742: At the age of 26 he was officially appointed as the Head Gardener in 1742, earning £25 a year and residing at the western Boycott Pavilion.
    1744: He married a Lincolnshire solicitor’s daughter Bridget Wayet at Stowe in 1744 and they had six children in the following 15 years.
    1764: In 1764 Brown was appointed King George III’s Master Gardener at Hampton Court Palace, succeeding John Greening and residing at the Wilderness House.

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