Royal Mail Marks 300th Anniversary of Capability Brown's Birth

15.08.2016 | category: General

Royal Mail has launched a set of eight Special Stamps to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Brown is remembered as ‘the last of the great eighteenth century artists’ and as ‘England’s greatest gardener’. The stamps showcase eight of the best loved examples of Capability Brown’s work and are a celebration of his contribution to the English landscape.

Locations on the stamps feature: Blenheim Palace, Longleat, Compton Verney, Highclere Castle, Alnwick Castle, Berrington Hall, Stowe and Croome Park.

Ceryl Evans, Director of the Capability Brown Festival, said: “It is wonderful that Royal Mail has issued a set of Special Stamps to celebrate the work of Lancelot "Capability" Brown in his tercentenary year. The Capability Brown Festival is working to raise the profile and understanding of historic landscapes and what better way to bring these stunning images into people’s lives, homes and offices than on a stamp.”

Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager, Royal Mail, said: “During his lifetime, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown literally changed the face of Georgian England. By the time of his death, he was known to have shaped or influenced around 250 landscapes - these stamps pay tribute to the lasting legacy of his work.”

The stamps are available from 16 August at and 8,000 Post Offices.

For seven days from 16 August, Royal Mail provided a special handstamp on all mail posted at the postbox in Kirkharle. The handstamp ran from 16-22 August and featured a line drawing of Brown based on the portrait of him painted by Richard Cosway, c.1770-75, by the kind permission of Bridgeman Images.