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Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden


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Introduction / Informal Beginnings / The Classical Arcadias of William Kent / Rococo gardens / Capability Brown and the Landscape Park / A Picturesque Controversy / Epilogue / Further Reading / Visiting the Landscapes / Index

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An illustrated history of the English landscape Garden with Capability Brown at its centre.

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Laura Mayer holds a PhD in eighteenth-century landscape and lectures on Humphry Repton and Capability Brown for the University of Buckingham. She is the author of Humphry Repton and co-author of The Historic Gardens of England: Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely.


"With its many reproductions of line engravings and color photographs, this work is equivalent to many larger printed tomes on English garden history. Capability Brown (1716-83) took the English landscape and turned it into his ideal: large lawns, ponds, and forests in the distance. Nature was simplified in his hands. He changed the course of British estate landscaping and had enormous influence in the United States and elsewhere. Take this little book on your next British trip." --Adele Kleine, Library volunteer and garden writer, Chicago Botanic Garden

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