Our places on Royal Mail stamps to celebrate 300 years of ‘Capability’ Brown

Three of the eight stamps released by the Royal Mail to celebrate the tercentenary of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown
Published : 17 Aug 2016

In the 300th anniversary year of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s birth, the Royal Mail has launched a set of commemorative stamps to celebrate the work of the landscape designer.

Among the eight stamps that have been released, three depict landscapes now cared for by the National Trust; Stowe, Croome and Berrington Hall.

Brown’s designs

At Stowe Brown learnt his trade as under-gardener to William Kent before becoming the head gardener.

The stamp design shows the large Grecian valley sculpted by Brown at Stowe with the impressive ‘Temple of Concord and Victory’ looking over it.

During his time here, Brown also naturalised the shapes of the Octagon and Eleven Acre Lakes and created a trick of the eye by using ha-ha walls to keep out the livestock while giving the appearance of unbroken views.

Croome was Brown’s first large-scale commission. He swept away the local village that was obscuring the view from the house and removed the formal gardens to create natural looking parkland.

A stretch of the hand-dug, two mile serpentine lake is pictured on the stamp.

Berrington was Brown’s final masterpiece. This parkland pictured on the stamp is the perfect example of Brown’s foresight. It is only now, over 200 years after he envisioned it, that the oak and beech trees have matured as Brown intended them to.


Celebrating his anniversary year