New book reveals the 'Capability men'

27.07.2016 | category: General

A new book exploring the work of Capability Brown and the men who worked alongside him is on sale now.

Lancelot Brown and the Capability Men is the work of David Brown and Tom Williamson. The former is a tutor of landscape history at the University of Cambridge, whole the latter is a professor at the University of East Anglia.

The book, published by Reaktion Books Ltd, investigates the nature and organisation of Brown’s business, drawing comparisons with his contemporaries such as the Adam brothers, Thomas Chippendale and Josiah Wedgwood.

It also briefly discusses the careers of those who worked with Brown – from more well-known names such as surveyors and draughtsmen John Spyers and Samuel Lapidge to workmen including Jonathan Midgeley and Cornelius Dickinson. Midgely worked for Brown for 18 years at sites including Charlecote and Castle Ashby, while Dickinson was involved at Ditton Park, Sherborne and Harewood. 

The book costs £30, and can be bought from the Reaktion Books website.

For more books about Brown, see the Festival’s new booklist