The Brown Advisor has long accepted as law the judgements of scholarship. It is only because we have not accustomed ourselves that the pronouncements dredged up and synthesised from primary research will surprise us by their sometimes radical and iconoclastic conclusions. No matter what, no matter how eccentric their opinions then, the Brown Advisor welcomes the breadth and breath of the scholar.
Category: Mapping (Page 1 of 2)
It sometimes happens that I overlook the introduction of a person to my wider acquaintance – not from any desire to keep that person to myself, but simply because he, or she, plays such a central role in my life that I have assumed that my acquaintances were all familiar with her, or him.
There are none quicker to anger than Staffordshire folk. It may be their dogs and it has been put to me that the time they and their ancestors have spent firing clay, dull and dumb, in their bottle kilns has taught them that only the fire of extreme anger can bring forth the civilised charm of Wedgwood china – or maybe it is spending too much time with the bottle alone that does it.
Freshly returned from his wanderings and laden with letters, the Brown Advisor finds a sheaf of inquiries, garnered and gathered in from correspondents in the United States, courtesy of Mrs F of Philadelphia. Over all runs the question of authenticity and the theme is one of trust: can one ever tell if any particular piece of landscaping is really Brown’s? And – I believe the innuendo is there – if you can’t tell, then why should we worry about him?
Dr J of Stafford is the last person to whom one should look for perplexity and confusion. The elephantine reach of his erudition draws a clear stream from the pools of ignorance and darkness which have for so long benighted the world of Brownian scholarship.
I pass urgently to my readers the cheering news that Mr Knight, curator of the Horsham Museum (note 131) and forever ahead of the crowd, will shortly be opening the doors to his exhibition of ‘Captain’ Capability Brown, and the great landscape gardener’s plan for Hills Park, Horsham will be on display.