The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Badminton

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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206: What then of Mickle?

A hunting metaphor is suited to Mr F, who springs to horse in Melton Mowbray, ever-ready to pursue his quarry over no matter how many years and over no matter how unfortunate a country. Thus I have never expected to find a quick result to his researches into the gardener, Adam Mickle who appears to have been working with James Wyatt in 1799.

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157: Can we have more on mapping?

3 Sandleford Priory Spyers 1781

A plan for Sandleford Priory said to have been copied from Spyers

Many correspondents have returned to the question of mapping, the accuracy of maps, the date of maps where no date is provided, and the inconvenient tendency to overwrite maps, so one scarcely knows who has done what when.

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96: What kind of con was Brown?

Moccas Court from the church

Moccas Court from the church

Mr L of Muddiford has written to question Capability Brown’s role in the landscaping of Moccas Court. It is not that there is any doubt that he was paid for drawing up plans, but Mr L argues that Brown and his plans had no influence on the place.

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15: How long was the grass?

Oscar enjoys the long grass

Oscar enjoys the long grass

I am grateful for a note from Sheffield, in which Payne Knight’s criticism of the omnipotent Capability Brown’s landscapes as ‘uniform, eternal green’ is cited

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By John Phibbs