Lancelot 'Capability' Brown tercentenary 1716-2016

2016 is the tercentary of the birth of the landscape designer and architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown (1716-1783), who was a customer of Drummonds Bank. In celebration of this important anniversary we are pleased to provide digital access to the ledger pages containing the bank accounts of Lancelot Brown and his executors

Brown's bank account appears in the ledgers from 1753 until his death in 1783, and that of his executors from 1783 to 1789. For decades it has been a key source for the study of landscape and garden history. Landscape historian David Brown, who has become very familiar with the account in recent years, has contributed a brief note on his own view (PDF 19KB) of its importance and value to garden historians.

The ledger pages ledger pages can be accessed here

You can learn more about the Capability Brown tercentenary celebrations here.