New books about Capability Brown

10th February 2016

CAPABILITY BROWN And His Landscape Gardens by Sarah Rutherford

Author and garden historian Sarah Rutherford tells his triumphant story, uncovers his aims and reveals why he was so successful.  Illustrated throughout with colour photographs of contemporary sites and historical paintings and garden plans, this is an accessible book for anyone who wants to know more about the man who changed the face of the nation anad created a landscape style which for many of us defines the English countryside. 

Published by National Trust Books, an imprint of Pavilion Books Group, in April 2016

Price: £20

ISBN: 978-1-909881-54-9 

MOVING HEAVEN AND EARTH Capability Brown's Gift of Landscape by Steffie Shields

Professional garden photographer, writer and historic landscape consultant Steffei Shields has researched 'Capability' Brown for over twenty-five years and compiled a photographic archive of over 200 attributed works.  In this beautifully illustrated book she reveals the driven polymath behind the famous nickname.  The book explores both Brown's artistic legacy and his pioneering work with water in the landscape.  It evaluates the rise of the English landscape garden in the climatic context of his designs and also forms a comprehensive guide for tours and visits.  Approximately 350 clearly labelled colour photographs pin-point Brown's enduring views and surprisingly vibrant planting pallette.

Moving Heaven and Earth will be available from all major bookshops and online booksellers including Unicorn Bookstore.  You can register your interest by calling Lauren Tanner on 01892 871413 or emailing

Publication date: May 2016

Price: £30

ISBN: 978-1-910787-`15-1

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