Speaker: Dr Oliver Cox, landscape historian, introduced by Tim Richardson from the Telegraph.
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Brown cut his teeth designing the garden landscapes surrounding Stowe House, a landscape now looked after by the National Trust. Every window of the mansion frames a view crafted by the hand of Brown.
, Brown’s name was associated with a further 260 landscapes before his death at the age of 77 – 35 of them in Greater London alone. His work is enduring and the images which his created remain embedded in the English character through art and literature.
In the twenty-first century Brown’s influence remains more powerful than ever, and as we celebrate the 300th year since his birth this talk will explore the way in which his name has become a shorthand in popular culture.
The talk will also look to the future: Brown famously described his work as an act of punctuating the landscape: ‘I make a comma, and there where a more decided turn is proper, I make a colon; at another part, where an interruption is desirable to break the view, a parenthesis; now a full stop'… How might we punctuate future landscapes to ensure that they too achieve their ‘capability’?