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Lancelot 'Capability' Brown: Getting started

Resources relating to Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, eighteenth century landscape architect.

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Who was Capability Brown?

Portrait of Capability BrownLancelot 'Capability' Brown, 1716-1783, was an influential landscape architect and gardener. Many of his landscapes survive today.

2016 was the tercentenary of his birth and many commemorative events were held throughout the year all over the country including research and restoration projects. To celebrate the anniversary, the Rewley House Continuing Education Library published this guide to highlight resources for researching Brown. These include both resources available to members of the University of Oxford and freely available resources. There's also a page on Capability Brown in Oxfordshire.

Image: Capability Brown by Nathaniel Dance, National Portrait Gallery NPG 6049 CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Key Resources

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Search for Lancelot Brown or Capability Brown. ODNB is available on Library PCs and remotely via Oxford Single Sign On. It is also available online to members of public libraries.

Capability Brown 300

Website of the Capability Brown Festival 2016. Although the festival year is over, this site is still being added to

Parks & Gardens UK

Project to bring together research on various Capability Brown sites, together with an interactive map, freely available articles and other resources and a 'site of the month' feature.

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