New book explores how Brown moved 'heaven and earth'

01.07.2016 | category: General

A new book exploring Capability Brown’s artistic legacy and his pioneering work with water in the landscape is on sale now.

Moving Heaven & Earth: Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape has been published by Unicorn, and is the work of Brown expert and Vice President of the Gardens Trust Steffie Shields.

The hardback book is the culmination of more than 25 years of research and work by Steffie, and explores every aspect of Brown’s work. It also features more than 370 images, the vast majority of which were taken by the author.

In her preface to the book, Steffie explained how the first Brown landscape she visited was Broadlands in Hampshire. This sparked an appreciation for Brown, which was deepened when she moved to Northumberland, the county of his birth.

She said: “My excursions opened my eyes to this exceptional man, his methods and his values. As I learned landscape photography from the ground up, I captured some key surviving features, a faithful distillation, I trust, of an extraordinary legacy. Time has confirmed Brown as a man of vision.

“I hope this celebratory book will open eyes and encourage the reader to explore Brown’s generous landscapes. Don’t be anxious about having to make challenging aesthetic or critical judgements. Simply pause occasionally, ponder the view and, above all – enjoy looking at the landscape!”

Moving Heaven & Earth is available from all major bookshops and online booksellers, including the Unicorn Bookstore

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