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The pleasure grounds, and gardens rare! Laid out, by Mr Brown, with utmost care; With great abundance all abound, And rich luxuriance smiles around: Though both, which now such beauty yield, Were lately but a furrow’d field.
A description of Harewood in "The Tourist's Companion" by John Jewell, 1822.
Inheriting a vast wealth in 1753, Edwin Lascelles had ambitious plans to construct Harewood House working with only the finest craftsman of the time. Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s reputation as one of the most important landscape gardeners in Georgian England caught his attention.
In 1775, Brown’s plans for parkland at Harewood were accepted by Edwin, and work began in earnest. The naturalistic landscape that was created included key Brownian features; the 32 acre serpentine lake, cascade and encircling carriage drives which you can still see today.
The impressive works took 6 years to complete. His vision, which was on a truly immense scale, transformed the landscape from functional farmland into romantic, idealised vistas later captured by artists including JMW Turner and early photographer Roger Fenton.
Capability Brown 300
25 March – 30 October 2016
“Capability” Brown’s work made him the best-known landscape designer in English history. His work has inspired landscape gardeners, architects and designers for centuries. At Harewood, this … Read more
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 … Read more
The Capability Brown Festival 2016 is the first-ever nationwide celebration of the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. It marks the 300th anniversary of his birth in August 1716. Boasting 1000 … Read more