Place-Making

The Art of Capability Brown

John Phibbs

Place-Making

John Phibbs

Distributed for Historic England Publishing

368 pages | 154 color plates, 55 halftones | 8.5 x 11
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781848023567 Published December 2017 For sale in North America only
Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1716–83) is credited with creating the English landscape garden, a tradition that has dominated landscape design for centuries. But for all his acclaim, both in his own time and in the present day, Brown has received much biographical study but little sustained academic analysis. With Place-Making, John Phibbs seeks to fill that gap by providing a detailed study of the motivation behind Brown’s landscapes.
           
Before Brown, gardens were small and rigorously formal, but, over time, Brown’s sprawling naturalistic style transformed not only the English countryside but also the very idea of England and what it means to be English. Drawing on copious research and experience restoring Brown’s landscapes, Phibbs draws readers’ attention to these landscapes that comprise half a million acres across England and Wales, so seemingly “natural” that they are often mistaken for untouched nature. Phibbs renders these landscapes legible, exploring what physical places can tell us about the people who live among them. The book is generously illustrated with plans, archival materials, and photographs, including many newly commissioned. 
Contents
Foreword
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Part I: The five elements
2 Grass
3 Silviculture
4 Water
5 Buildings
6 Ground
 
Part II: How landscapes worked
7 Planting
8 Farming
9 People
10 Fences
11 Roads
12 Gardens
13 Sport
 
Part III: How landscape was designed and what it meant
14 The determinants of landscape
15 The constraints upon design
16 The reconciliation of house and setting
17 Geometry
18 Imagination
19 Layers of meaning
20 The evolution of the style
 
Part IV: The attack on Brown and his defence
21 The assassination of Capability Brown
22 Towards the ending
 
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Illustration credits
Subscribers
 
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