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