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Capability Brown Selected Resources

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Publications about 'Capability' Brown from County Gardens Trusts An up-to-date list can be found on the CGT Publications page via The Gardens Trust.

Bank accounts of Lancelot Brown at Drummonds Bank Digitised ledger pages of the bank accounts of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and his executors are available online for the first time thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) archives.

Capability Brown at Stowe A film (1964) from the East Anglian Film Archive that focuses on the life and work of Capability Brown, particularly at Stowe. A number of other 18th century landscapes are also featured where Brown worked.

Lancelot Brown: the rise, fall and rise of his reputation A section in chapter 1 of Tom Turner's book English Garden Design: history and styles since 1650. Available on the Gardenvisit website.

Encyclopaedia Britannica A biography of Lancelot Brown. Available online.

CB300 Capability Brown Legacy Projects: Online Records Catalogue Pilot Project (October 2013) Here is the final report. The aim of this project was to examine how to develop Parks & Gardens UK as the legacy online records catalogue for the Brown Festival.

 Lancelot 'Capability' Brown: A research impact review prepared for English Heritage by the Landscape Group, University of East Anglia A review of research on Brown to date (2013), and to suggest ways in which universities, societies and other interested parties could work together to commemorate Brown’s achievements and legacy. LANCELOT 'CAPABILITY' BROWN Research Impact Review
The report is also available online as an English Heritage Research Department Report.

 Published! Complete list of 'Capability' Brown attributions The Winter 2013 issue of Garden History has the first complete list of landscapes that have been attributed to Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, compiled by John Phibbs. The list has since been updated by John Phibbs and is available online here.


Lancelot Capability Brown

The Brown Advisor


Resources for Sites on the Capability Brown Festival website:

Compton Verney, Mysterious Landscapes. Teachers' Pack Key Stage 3

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