The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Kirkharle

86: Where did he get it from? – his mum

The surviving wing of the house at Kirkharle

The surviving wing of the house at Kirkharle

Mrs A of Rothbury and Mr A of Durham (no relation) are fixed to the idea that everything the master gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown learnt that was worth learning he learnt at his birthplace, Kirkharle.

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134: What is an earthwork?

Dr R of Herefordshire, himself a dedicated archaeologist of the shorts, long socks and sandals school, is anxious first to categorise earthworks by the use for which they were intended (saw-pits, charcoaling sites, hill-forts etc.) and second to distinguish constructed earthworks from natural eruptions in the soil that happen to suit some purpose of man.

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160: Was Brown from Northumberland?

John Martin 'Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion' (1812)

John Martin ‘Sadak in Search of the Waters of Oblivion’ (1812)

The good Captain Ken and I hardly know where to put ourselves. At one moment we have Mrs L, apparently English-born, suggesting that Capability Brown was Irish (note 158), and now, out of an unusually weighty in-box, has slipped a question from Ms M.

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72: Was Brown a gardener?

Dr G writes from York to ask what evidence there is for Capability Brown’s having started life as a gardener.

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99: Does no one ever ask about kitchen gardens?

Mrs C has written from an address close to the bed of the Solent. Her envelope is a little damp and smeared, but she assures me that hers is a marine villa, being only submarine on the highest of tides.

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60: Why do we have no statues of Brown

An appealing statue, somewhat annoyed to be discovered relieving himself in the bushes

An appealing statue, somewhat annoyed to be discovered relieving himself in the bushes

Mrs L of Harrogate has asked me to remind her about the portrait of Capability Brown said to have been painted by Gainsborough.

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28: Was Brown jumped-up?

A wave of correspondence has broken across the desk of the Brown Advisor on the related subjects of Brown’s social position, flies, tea and cake.

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By John Phibbs