Best remembered for designing the landscapes of more than 250 country estates by moving hills and creating flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, Capability Brown also excavated valleys, planted expanses of turf, clumps of trees and bands of forest.  

To mark the special 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown, Royal Mail have launched a set of eight stamps which depict the best loved examples of Capability Brown’s work and are a celebration of his contribution to the English landscape.

Locations featured on the stamps are: Blenheim Palace, Longleat, Compton Verney, Highclere Castle, Alnwick Castle, Berrington Hall, Stowe and Croome Park.

Celebrated for creating landscapes on an immense scale, with a focus on vistas rather than gardens and parkland – it is often said that the images Brown created are as deeply embedded in the English character as the paintings of Turner and the poetry of Wordsworth.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail, said "Brown dramatically shaped Georgian England- the lasting legacy of his work is celebrated in stamp". 

Celebrations continue throughout 2016 in 250 of his best-loved landscapes with the Capability Brown Festival- perfect for a family day out fill with music, theatre and guided walks. 

Additionally, the Royal Mail will be providing a special handstamp posted in the village of Kirkhale, Brown's birthplace, from 16-22 August.  

Stamps are available from www.royalmail.com/landscapegardens and 8,000 Post Office branches.

 

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