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

Tag: Ashridge

1851: Mount Edgcumbe: who designed the pleasure grounds?

Repton returned to Devon and Cornwall in around 1802, and perhaps he had returned more often than that (see note 1848) and he was to begin two further Cornish commissions a few years later (Tregothnan in September 1809; Antony and Pentilllie in 1810).

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1858: why the cross-references?

Mr R.S. has written from Devon to ask our editor why Repton cross-references from red book to red book

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243: What is the ‘valley adventitious’?

A grove of sweet chestnut on the side of an adventitious valley at Benham

A grove of sweet chestnut on the side of an adventitious valley at Benham

There will occur, in landscape, natural valleys, small advances in the slope, hardly enough to be named.  At Burghley they carried springs and Capability Brown drained and smoothed them off when he made the lake, but in later works – Ugbrooke, Ashridge, Gatton, Benham above the lake – he offered to these adventitious declivities the same spare planting that he gave to the ‘valley direct’ at Claremont.

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214: Did Brown really dislike deer?

In my last (note 213), I offered to my companions at the Tatler’s Waste-bin a list of all those landscapes of that fine man and lord-lieutenant of Huntingdon, Capability Brown, for which I had records of an active deer park.

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236: What do you know about valleys?

The golden valley, as fine an example of the valley adventitious as you will ever see

The golden valley, as fine an example of the valley adventitious as you are ever likely to see

Miss S writes to tell me that being newly arrived in Berkhamstead she took herself to view the town’s great landmark, known as the Golden Valley, and she wonders now if that master of beech-hung beauty, Capability Brown, whom she knew by reputation, could have worked his wizardry there.

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92: Isn’t Beech the tree most associated with Brown?

Monsieur B of Orléans has been in touch again, this time with a question about Copper Beech – did Capability Brown use it, and if so in what circumstances?

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By John Phibbs