Posted 26th Jan 2016
An exhibition celebrating the 300th anniversary of one of history's greatest gardeners is set to open at Blenheim Palace this February
Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was one of the most sought after landscape designers of the 18th Century, as he was at the forefront of a new 'naturalistic' landscaping style which led to more picturesque, open parkland. His nickname came about as he reassured his aristocratic clients that their estates would have the 'capability' for improvement.
Blenheim Palace was one of Capability Brown's most significant landscape projects. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Marlborough in 1763, it took a total of 11 years to transform the landscaped parkland of the palace into something which would have a more 'pleasing effect'.
The new exhibition, opening on 13th February 2016, features maps, plans, paintings, pictures, costumes and historic artefacts that will bring one of the world's most illustrious landscape designers to life.
A 10ft recreation of Brown's famous 'tree-moving machine' has been painstakingly recreated as well, with Blenheim Palace's own carpenters working from a single surviving image.
With specially-commissioned artwork which will feature some of his most celebrated views, there will also be drawings of the lake and dam under construction, along with a film by modern gardener Diarmuid Gavin who reflects on the influence Brown's work at Blenheim Palace has had.
Working in conjunction with The Embroiderers Guild, there will also be some stunning hand-made pieces by some of the Guild's most talented members on display too.
Visit www.blenheimpalace.com to find out more.