Landscape

Our Debt to Capability Brown

Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716–1783) There was much celebration in Britain in 2016 on the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot “Capability” Brown, but very little recognition in Australia. Why is Brown worth our attention today? First, because he has been described as one of the most remarkable characters of an era of remarkable men.[1] Second, because of some interesting resonances with the art of the twenty-first century. Brown was, one might say, the man who moved landscape from painting into nature and nature into art. He had an extraordinary imagination which saw the landscape very much as the minimalist…

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