Unbound to publish book by John Phibbs in partnership with Historic England

Crowd funding campaign for book on Capability Brown

Unbound is to publish ‘The Art of Capability Brown: Place-making 1716-1783 – First steps in ha-ha theory’ – provided it can attract enough crowd funding.

The book is written by John Phibbs who has run his own landscape management practice and has assessed landscapes for English Heritage. He says, ‘It was an amazing education out of which came the realisations that Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was not only the most prolific but also the greatest of the English landscape gardeners, and that his work had long been misunderstood, largely because of the mischievous attacks made on it by the proponents of the Picturesque style, which arose after his death in reaction to his work.’

In this book he hopes to put right the wrongs that have been done to Brown’s reputation and to re-establish him in his rightful place as a figure of great significance in the characterisation of England and Wales.

Potential subscribers can pledge £50 for a hardback version of the book, or £10 for a digital copy. £200 will buy a Capability Brown masterclass. Pledge to buy a copy.


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