“Capability” Brown Timeline

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1756

Edwin Lascelles accepts plans submitted by architect John Carr of York for Harewood House.

1758

Lancelot “Capability” Brown makes his first visit to Harewood.

1759

The first stones of Harewood House are laid and construction begins.

1771

The construction of Harewood House is complete.

1772

“Capability” Brown returns to Harewood to begin planning the parkland.

1775

Edwin Lascelles and Brown agree final designs for driveways, the pleasure grounds and Lake.

1776

Work begins to create Harewood’s parkland and lake.

1781

Work is completed and “Capability” Brown’s account is settled with Harewood Estate.

1797

JMW Turner is commissioned to paint Harewood House and the landscape.

1844-1848

Sir Charles Barry begins work to modernise Harewood including creating a formal terrace along the south side of Harewood House.

1860

Roger Fenton takes early photographs of Harewood and the parkland.