Clumps & Concrete: 300 years of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown talk in London

The house and upper pond at Petworth in West Sussex
Published : 09 Mar 2016 Last update : 10 Mar 2016

The World Monuments Fund is hosting an event with Dr. Oliver Cox to celebrate 'Capability' Brown in London this April at the Royal Geographical Society. The talk will explore how his name has become embedded in popular culture, his work at places like Stowe, and how we can draw on his work in the future. National Trust members can enjoy a reduced entry fee.

Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR.

Tuesday 26 April 2016, 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm).

Speaker: Dr Oliver Cox, landscape historian, introduced by Tim Richardson from the Telegraph.
Tickets: £15 for National Trust members, £20 for non, members


How to book:

Special ticket offer for National Trust members of £15 per ticket (full price normally £20).  
Book online at and select the ‘NT member’ option or call 020 72518142 and quote ‘National Trust’.


What will the event cover?

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.
From Stowe, 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’?
Please note, this event is organised by the World Monuments Fund.