The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Category: Association

1835: was William Cowper an influence?

Oofy here: Editorial: Cowper. Deal with it.

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293: What part did infinity play?

The Bar adopts at times the quietly assured purr of the contented cat who has seen the mouse and is merely waiting for a propitious moment to spring.

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299: What is Brown’s legacy?

Recently returned from his tour to the eastern states, Captain Ken has reported his astonishment that Americans could describe the architecture and layout of New York as beautiful, and his further astonishment at the praise they heaped on the scenery along the train line from New York to Philadelphia.

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270: Was Brown a contemplative?

There has been some concern at the Tatler’s Waste-bin that my recent notes have been too much given over to generalisation and to congratulatory notes on the pleasures that must attend the 300 year birthday celebration of the great Capability Brown.

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203: What’s so great about nature?

The oak at point-blank, Ugbrooke

The oak at point-blank, Ugbrooke

Mr and Mrs C of Palm Beach ask us why we should prize nature for its beauty. This might be a question for the philosopher. One answer might be that when we define the natural world as the world that is untouched by humanity, we shrug off a weight of critical endeavour, and the consequent relief may itself incline us to associate nature with the beautiful.

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199: What’s wrong with Wales?

Miss E, an entertainer, writes from Ceredigion to ask why Wales has played such a small part in these notes.

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187: Did Brown take a view on ivy?

Mr Honey picked up a nasty bruise on his knee on a recent visit to a country place. His memories of the episode are indistinct but he has offered that there was a fine cellar, that the place was all tangled up and Gothicked with ivy, and that really the people there should take more care.

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156: Are Brown’s ‘cultural landscapes’?

At a genial evening just past in the upstairs rooms at the Tatler’s Waste-Bin, conversation turned to the idea of ‘cultural landscape’ and the fond attachment people form to particular places.

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By John Phibbs