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Nature, Design and “Capability” Brown

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  • Entry to this event is included with a Grounds & Below Stairs ticket and is free for members.


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Friday 25 March – Sunday 30 October 2016
11am – 4.30pm

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.

Lancelot “Capability” Brown began work on Harewood’s landscape in 1776. It took five years to transform the parkland from agricultural fields to the picturesque views you can see today. Referring to Harewood’s records, this exhibition will explore the evolution of the landscape, investigating the genius behind England’s greatest gardener. Learn about the characteristics of a Brownian parkland and what made his work so pioneering.