Shortly before 1770, Brown began work at the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s northern estate, Alnwick Castle, after having previously worked for them at Syon. Northumberland was the county of Brown’s birth.
In 1778, Brown supplied a landscape plan for Thomas Harley at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, working there in perfect partnership with his son-in-law, the architect, Henry Holland Jnr.
Often viewed as an example of one of Brown’s finest projects, The Duke of Marlborough enticed Brown to Oxfordshire in 1763, with the promise that he should begin work at Blenheim Palace immediately.
Brown’s 1768 arrival at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, sparked Lord Willoughby de Broke to undertake ambitious changes to the family seat - including both the house and landscape.
Brown was first consulted regarding Croome Park in Worcestershire in 1751, when George William Coventry inherited the earldom. This was his first independent commission.
Royal Mail will provide a special handstamp on all mail posted in the village of Kirkharle, Brown’s birthplace, from 16 – 22 August 2016. The handstamp will run from 16-22 August 2016, and will feature a line drawing of Brown based on the portrait of him painted by Richard Cosway, c.1770-75.
Henry Herbert, later 1st Earl of Carnarvon, summoned Brown to Highclere Castle shortly after he inherited the Berkshire estate in 1769. The castle was used as the location for the TV series, Downton Abbey.
Set in 900 acres of parkland modelled by Brown. For his efforts at Longleat in Wiltshire, Brown was paid over £6,100 between 1757 and 1762 by Lord Weymouth.
Stowe, the vast Buckinghamshire estate belonging to the formidable Viscount Cobham, was where Brown cut his horticultural teeth. He modelled the Grecian Valley with the Temple of Concord and Victory.
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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