The Repton Gazette and Brown Advisor

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

Tag: Richmond Park

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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122: Did Brown get on with architects?

Mr M is curious to know how a landscape gardener like Capability Brown will have got along with architects, supposing they were employed at the same time, and has written from London to ask which of the two would rule the roost.


John Carr is very likely to have been involved with Scampston, but the house still looked like Brown’s handiwork.

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141: Quack? Squawk? Growl?

Mrs F has contacted me from Kenilworth to ask whether Capability Brown designed menageries.

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33: What is Contrast?

‘All the rules of gardening are reducible to three heads: – the contrasts, the management of surprises, and the concealment of the bounds’.

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55: Does landscape have a dress-code?

Dr F. writes from Sussex to ask how people (I take it that she has the gentry in mind), dressed when they went out to enjoy a landscape.

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3: When did Brown get his nickname?

Mrs B from Lincoln has written in to ask when people first started to call that canny gardener, Lancelot Brown by his nickname ‘Capability’.

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By John Phibbs