Yorkshire Capabilities

Yorkshire Capabilities


NAJ 75/76 (2016). A5 book, 196 pp., 104 illustrations (4 authors, 12 artists, 8 historical artists)

This edition explores the Yorkshire landscapes designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) and is a contribution to the Capability Brown Festival 2016 that commemorates the 300th birthday of the internationally renowned place-maker. It also features the extensive tribute to ‘Capability’ by Ian Hamilton Finlay in the garden at Little Sparta.

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~ Contemporary: Catherine Aldred, Chris Broughton, Andrew Naylor (plus Cover), Howard EaglestoneGustav Metzger, Amelia Crouch, Ruth Lyons, Giles Bailey, Ellen Burroughs, Miriam Thorpe, Carol Sorhaindo, Simon Warner, George Sheeran (maps) and Patrick Eyres (map).

~ Historical: Thomas Bardwell, James Lambert, John Lund (map), J.P. Neale, Nicolas Poussin, George Romney, J.M.W. Turner, J. Vilet.


~ Patrick Eyres. Championing Brown: from Wrest Park to Little Sparta

~ John Phibbs. What went Wrong for Brown and what went Right? The invisibility or ordinariness of Brown’s achievement is emphasised through discussion of two examples: Burton Constable in East Yorkshire and Hilton in Dorset.

~ Karen Lynch. Capability Brown in Yorkshire. After meticulous archive research, the author has established for the first time that Brown’s Yorkshire landscapes comprise twenty-three attributed sites, of which fourteen were definitely designed by him. This innovative article discusses each of the landscapes attributed to Brown.

~ Linzi Stauvers. The Follies of Youth: Re-imagining Brown’s Lost Landscapes. Based at the University of Leeds, Pavilion commissioned responses to Brown’s lost landscapes in West Yorkshire. The author contextualises the project as well as the re-imagining artworks: Whitley Beaumont by Amelia Crouch, Byram by Ruth Lyons and Stapleton by Giles Bailey.

~ Patrick Eyres. The Patriotism and Politics of Lancelot Brown’s Capabilities. A reflection on the cultural nuances of Brown’s place-making through discussion of three case studies: Wentworth Castle for the conundrum of attribution, Harewood for improvement funded by the Atlantic slave economy, the American war and the Rockingham Whigs for the alliance between political gardening and print culture.