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300 Frequently Asked Questions about Capability Brown, and a further 200 about Humphry Repton

Category: Belts

295: Where did he get his trees?

Mrs W of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has asked where the indigenous and ingenious Capability Brown, idol of Indians and Chiefs alike, got his trees and it’s a good question, especially when it comes from that splendid city Newcastle, strong indeed in the matter of coal-mines and ships, but less so when it comes to the commercial tree nurseries of the 18th century.

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253: How is it for you? (3) Land management

Forgive me if in this note I resume my happy task of setting out the progress of enlightened thought in pursuit of that snappy salesman, the gardener, Capability Brown, through a consideration of Dr Sarah Rutherford’s new book Capability Brown and his landscape gardens.

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19: What were belts for?

The question is asked by Lady O in response to my last, and it is perfectly true that many of the parks of the self-taught Capability Brown have a woodland belt around the perimeter.

The belt, on the right of the picture, sets off the hill behind and increases its apparent height without concealing it.

The belt, on the left of the picture, sets off the hill behind and increases its apparent height without concealing it.

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18: Why were country houses so cut off?

Nick Owen's photograph of the view to Tuthill from the Wallington riding, shows a landscape that is far from cut off.

Nick Owen’s photograph of the view to Tuthill from the Wallington riding, shows a landscape that is far from cut off.

The plain fact is that in the 18th century country houses weren’t cut off. We imagine things and deceive ourselves.

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By John Phibbs