Study Day on ‘Capability’ Brown

Posted on March 7th, 2011 by Charles Boot
Aug ’11
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10:00 am

Study Day on ‘Capability’ Brown

at Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Saturday 6 August

This year’s exhibition at Compton Verney is the first to focus on the work of ‘Capability’ Brown (1716–83) in the Midlands, particularly on some of his designs at the beginning of his career. Through themes and case studies, including Compton Verney’s own parkland (above) and also Croome Park, (Brown’s first commission as a private consultant), the exhibition shows how both neo-classical mythology and technological improvements in travel and country pursuits played a part in creating the new ‘natural’ landscapes of the mid-eighteenth century.

A view up Brown's lake from Adam's bridge

A view up Brown's lake from Adam's bridge

Compton Verney is a Grade I mansion built c1711 by John Townesend and remodelled in the 1760s by Robert Adam. 120 acres of park and lakes were landscaped by Brown 1768–1770s; he also built the new chapel. The mansion has been an art gallery since 2004. Our Study Day will include a visit to the exhibition, a guided tour of Brown’s parkland (above) surrounding the restored house, and two lectures on aspects of Brown’s work.

Numbers are strictly limited to 60. Cost: £42 to include tours of grounds and exhibition, two lectures, lunch, coffee am, tea pm. Transport is not included, however, a bus may be arranged from Banbury Railway Station if there is sufficient demand. Contact with A5 SAE: Jennifer Meir, Jackson’s Barn, Charlecote, Warwick, CV35 9EW


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