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Gardens to play starring role in celebration of Capability Brown’s birthday

Oil painting on canvas, Lancelot (`Capability�) Brown (1715�1783) after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland RA (London 1735 � Winchester 1811), circa 1775. Head and shoulders portrait of a man, tuirned to the left, gazing at the spectator, wearing a blue jacket and white cravat, grey powdered wig. PNL-140813-143415001

Oil painting on canvas, Lancelot (`Capability�) Brown (1715�1783) after Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland RA (London 1735 � Winchester 1811), circa 1775. Head and shoulders portrait of a man, tuirned to the left, gazing at the spectator, wearing a blue jacket and white cravat, grey powdered wig. PNL-140813-143415001

One of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest creations is to take centre stage in a celebration of his 300th birthday.

A team of teenagers is making a film called What Would You Do If You Were Brown Today? which will explain what Brown achieved and the National Trust at Stowe will be featuring it it.

The film is part of a countrywide celebration in 2016 and a programme of events is being organised at Stowe.

There is still opportunity to become part of the film crew and Richard Skilbeck, volunteering development officer said: “We are still recruiting young people to this project which promises to be a great experience for all, exploring the work of Britain’s most famous garden designer, so if you are interested in film making or want more experience, this is a fantastic project to be involved in.”

Brown gave the gardens at Stowe its majestic Grecian Valley, making it one of his earliest works. He even lived in one of the temples that remains today as well as marrying in the parish church which is sited in the very middle of the gardens.

Mr Skilbeck added: “Not only will this film examine Brown’s legacy but it marks the beginning of a larger project which will see a range of celebrations and events both here at Stowe and at over 100 of the surviving Brown gardens and public spaces he transformed in his lifetime.”

The short film will be launched in mid-September.

More details on the filming project are available on the National Trust Stowe website www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

 

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