New art inspired by Capability Brown

Capability Brown was a famous architect, royal gardener and landscaper known for his work on stately home gardens.

To celebrate the tercentenary of his birth, artists across the country produced new artworks inspired by one of our national treasures.

Brown began his career as a gardener in his home town of Kirkhale. He travelled widely and in 1741 became involved in Buckingham Palace Gardens. He gained much of his work through personal recommendations and created approximately 250 gardens throughout his career.

His most notable works include Hampton Court, and Ickworth House gardens.

Brown is regarded as an inspiration to other gardeners due to his ability to combine practicality, elegance, and nature.

 

(c) York Museums Trust; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) York Museums Trust; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

 

He has also influenced artists throughout history. Joseph Mallord William Turner painted several of the landscapes designed by Brown and developed his own distinctive, expressive approach to depicting the landscape in paint.

Hannah Northam ARBSA creates sculptures based on organic forms, which can be displayed indoors and outdoors. She completed a portrait bust of Brown for a tercentenary exhibition celebrating Capability Brown at Weston Park, Staffordshire.

 

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Hannah Northam ARBSA at work on bust of Capability Brown.

 

 

By Charlie Lomas and Elinore Foley, Archive Team Volunteers

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