Capability Brown - Dorothy StroudLondon: Faber & Faber, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Portrait to the frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “Dorothy Stroud has completely rewritten her famous book on Capability Brown, the doyen of English landscape architects in the eighteenth century, for this new edition. A great many discoveries have been made since it originally appeared in 1950, when it was a pioneering study. New documents and sources of information have come to light; new sites have been identified; old theories have been discarded and new ones have taken their place. At the same time, Brown’s reputation has soared — not least because of our increasing awareness of the unique character and vulnerability of the English landscape. What we now have may be regarded as the definitive work on Brown.
Capability Brown is biography, art history and vade mecum for the travelling Brown enthusiast combined in one. The chronological approach has been retained so that his multitudinous and varied landscape designs and architectural works up and down the country may be seen in proper relation to, for example, his initial struggle to gain recognition when he moved south, his accelerating success in the 1750s and 1760s, and his considerable influence — political as well as artistic — later on in his life. The main text is closely tied in with the comprehensive list of works and map at the end of the book. It can therefore be used as a work of reference if necessary.”