Ca­pa­bil­ity Re­turns to Tren­tham Gar­dens

This England - - News - GRA­HAM BEBBINGTON

Astrik­ing bronze statue of the renowned land­scape gar­dener Lancelot “Ca­pa­bil­ity” Brown (1716-1783) is on dis­play in Staffordshire, un­til spring 2018, at the award­win­ning Tren­tham Gar­dens, Stoke-on-trent.

Cre­ated by Laury Dizen­gremel, Artist in Res­i­dence at Belvoir Cas­tle, the statue is the first-ever life-size fig­ure of “the fa­ther of land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture” and based on a por­trait by the noted Richard Cosway RA for its like­ness.

Brown worked on the land­scape at Tren­tham be­tween 1759 and 1780 for the Earl Gower, re­mod­elling the mile­long lake and the sur­round­ing park­lands in his dis­tinc­tive style. While Tren­tham’s land­scape has been sub­se­quently al­tered and en­hanced over the cen­turies, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of Charles Barry’s Ital­ian Gar­den, Brown’s im­por­tant le­gacy re­mains and is cur­rently be­ing re­stored as part of his ter­cente­nary.

Brown’s statue gives the im­pres­sion that he has re­turned to in­spect this work and, with plans tucked un­der his arm, is ea­gerly strid­ing to­wards the west side of the lake to in­spect the progress be­ing made. Even­tu­ally, the statue will be per­ma­nently placed be­side the River Thames at Ham­mer­smith, close to where Brown lived for some years.

LYNNE BEBBINGTON

The statue of Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown, which is cur­rently on dis­play at Tren­tham Gar­dens, Staffordshire.

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