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Capability Brown & Belvoir: Discovering a Lost Landscape

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This book tells the tale of how the 11th Duchess of Rutland finished the plans & work on Belvoir’s landscape that ‘Capability’ Brown himself never got to finish.

‘Brown grows very old and nothing done towards the ornament of the Castle, Since it is denied us to live long, let us do something to show we have lived.’

Just months before ‘Capability’ Brown died in 1783, England’s greatest landscape architect, wrote these poignant words in a rare letter to one of his last patrons, the 4th Duke of Rutland.

In 2013 the Duchess of Rutland began an extensive two-year restoration project on over 500 acres of woodland. At the same time she found a huge collection of plans for Belvoir that Brown had drawn up in 1780. They were checked over by a garden historian, Steffie Shields and she confirmed their authenticity. Up until then no one knew much about the landscape of Bevloir. This book tells the tale of how the 11th Duchess of Rutland finished the plans & work on Belvoir’s landscape that ‘Capability’ Brown himself never got to finish.

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