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

Tag: Wentworth Castle

275: What was Thomas Bardwell painting at Wentworth?

We talk of course, we discuss, we chat, and at the Tatler’s Waste-bin we may even disagree. But may I say that we learn less from any fact that may be gleaned from this harvest of words, than from the lively and generous nature in which our disputes are conducted. A certain benign mood will descend upon the company and impart its blessing.

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245: Did Brown work at Wentworth Castle?

The spoil heap at Wentworth Castle

The spoil heap at Wentworth Castle

Days come in late March or in April, when Spring has not wholly disentangled herself from Winter, but there is a freshness to the air and it is better to be out than to be in. So I am advised by the good folk of Health and Safety , who have asked me to warn you that happiness can cause damage in confined spaces.

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244: Do you subscribe to the New Arcadian Journal?

IMG_0383Having made clear (note 222) that being unable to resist any temptation or external pressure, I have found it politic to retire to my tower whenever asked by anyone to do anything, I was immediately found out by the demands of Dr E of Leeds and the unstoppable Mrs L of Ilkley that I should attend them at Wentworth Castle for the launch of ‘Yorkshire Capabilities’, Volumes 75 and 76 of the New Arcadian Journal.

Should this journal not be better known? Should there not be collected editions?

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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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141: Quack? Squawk? Growl?

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

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7: How many ruined churches did Brown have to deal with?

The old church at Woolsthorpe was blown up in the Civil War

The old church at Woolsthorpe was blown up in the Civil War

Dr L has contacted me from Stanstead Mountfichet to ask whether the church at Fornham Genevieve was ruined by the time the great Capability Brown got there.

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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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40: Brown and turnpiking – is there a connection?

Potholes cause problems wherever they are. This fine boiling pan sprang a leak and is now reduced to a coal-scuttle

Potholes cause problems wherever they are. This fine boiling pan sprang a leak and is now reduced to a coal-scuttle

Mr S. of Droitwich has been in touch again, asking specifically whether any turnpikes might have been newly navigated at places where Capability Brown, the place-maker, was also working .

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By John Phibbs