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Britain’s Greatest Landscape Designer, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

Where better to enjoy the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, than at Bowood?  Deemed to be one of the finest examples in the country with a flowing mix of plantations and sweeping lawns leading down to a winding mile-long lake.

‘Capability’ Brown Tour

You may wish to book yourself or a group on to a special ‘Capability’ Brown themed guided garden tour. The tour guide will lead the group along the lake, to the hidden cascade and through the arboretum, followed by a two course lunch served in the House Restaurant. The rest of the day is free to explore the historic Georgian house and beautiful grounds or the option of an overnight stay in the nearby Bowood Hotel can also be arranged.

Individuals may join any date (listed below) for £34.00 per person

DEW47150 Portrait of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, c.1770-75; by Cosway, Richard (1742-1821); oil on canvas; 53x42.5 cm; Private Collection; English, out of copyright

DEW47150 Portrait of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, c.1770-75; by Cosway, Richard (1742-1821); oil on canvas; 53×42.5 cm; Private Collection/Bridgeman Images; English, out of copyright

2017 dates

  • Friday 28th April
  • Friday 21st July
  • Friday 25th August
  • Friday 15th September
  • Friday 13th October

Day Itinerary
11am – Meet at the Administration office (at the Treehouse Cafe)
11am – Tea & Coffee served on arrival
11:30am – Commence Tour (approx 90 minutes)
1pm – 2 course Lunch served in the Stables Restaurant
For the rest of the day you are able to enjoy the House & Gardens for yourself.

 

‘Capability’ Brown with Laura Mayer Friday 23rd June 2017

11am – 3pm

Brown said himself that his landscapes stood for ‘all the elegance and all the comforts that mankind wants in the Laura MayerCountry’, a maxim embodied to this day at the Bowood Estate.

Laura holds a PhD on eighteenth-century landscape and lectures widely on Capability Brown. She is the author of Capability Brown and the English Landscape Garden, amongst other publications. The presentation (60 minutes) will focus on Brown’s revolutionary vision for Georgian England, his aesthetics and practical skills, with Bowood as a primary example.

11:00am – Arrive at Bowood House & Gardens with refreshments served within the Gardener’s Bothy
11:30am – Laura Mayer presents the life and work of ‘Capability’ Brown
12.30pm – 2 Course Lunch served in the Stables Restaurant
1.45pm – A guided tour of Bowood Park, a flowing mix of plantations and sweeping lawns, leading down to a winding mile-long lake
3.00pm – Enjoy Bowood House & Gardens at your leisure

£55 per person
Must be pre-booked in advance For more information or to book please call 01249 810961 or email houseandgardens@bowood.org

 

You can find more information about our ‘Capability’ Brown group tours here.

To make a booking or for more information please contact Bowood House & Gardens on 01249 810961 or email houseandgardens@bowood.org

5. Map, 1789, high res. © Trustees of the Bowood Collection 2

5. Map, 1789, high res. © Trustees of the Bowood Collection 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"In my opinion, Bowood is important as one of the earliest examples of Brown’s fully-developed style, with perimeter belts, circuit rides, and no residual geometry. It is also, for my money, one of the best preserved examples of his work" Tom Williamson, University of East Anglia, 08/12/15

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