Lecture: The Rediscovery of Arcadia: Capability Brown and The Pastoral Idyll

1st June 2016

An illustratred lecture organised by The Art Fund Shropshire Branch to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

Sweeping away formal gardens and opening up vistas is the traditional view of the work fo Lancelot Capability Brown, but what was really entailed in his commissions? Who were the families that brought in Brown, why did they crave a 'natural' landscape setting for their houses and just how much Capability did he exhibit in his work?

Born in 1715, just as the landscape movement began to evolve, Lancelot Brown acquired the peculiar nickname 'Capability' from his habit of telling clients that their gardens had 'great capabilities'.  The Brown sytle is characterised by his techniques for rendering the surroundings of country house picturesque - the 'clumping' or grouping of trees to make focal points, the careful management of water for practical and aesthetic effect and the rearrangement of awkward existing elements to create an apparently natural, flowing landscape. 

At the peak of his career Brown was the most famous and sought after landscape designer of the day and his ideal landscapes can be found all over England.   Weston Park on the Shropshire/Staffrordshire border is set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown Parkland.  The Art Fund is delighted that Gareth Williams, Curator and Head of Learning to the Weston Park Foundation, has offered to share his considerable knowledge about the man that many consider to be Britian's most famous landscape designer.

Date:    Wednesday 1 June 2016

Where: Shrewsbury School, Science Lecture Hall, Shrewbury SY3 7BA.

Time:    Lunch at 1.00pm      Lecture at 2.00pm

Price:  £16.00 single       £31 double     £45 treble  Includes light lunch.

Please aply to:  Mrs. Christina Trant, Maesmawr Hall, Welshpool, Powys SY21 9DD    Email: christinatrant@hotmail.co.uk 

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