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Capability Brown's Landscape Gardens - stamp issue 16 August 2016

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown who is remembered as ‘the last of the great 18th century artists’ and England’s greatest gardner.   Brown changed the face of eighteenth century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and making flowing lakes and serpentine rivers, a magical world of green. 

Celebrated for landscape on an immense scale, creating entire vistas not only gardens and parkland – it is often said that the images Brown created are as deeply embedded in the English character as the paintings of Turner and the poetry of Wordsworth.
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Capability Brown Stamps - pair of 2nd class and pair of £1-05.Capability Brown stamps, pair of 1st class & of £1-33. 
Stamp Set - in horizontal se-tenant pairs (actual stamps shown above)

2nd class
- Blenheim Palace, Longleat.  1st Class – Compton Verney; Highclere Castle.

£1.05 - Alnwick Castle; Berrington Hall.   £1.33 - Stowe; Croome Park.

The self-adhesive Retail Stamp Book contains both 1st class stamps (Compton Verney; Highclere Castle) and 4 x 1st class amethyst purple Machin definitives, with the Machin having the source code 'GC' instead of [REI] GN

  Capability Brown retail booklet.
This is a scan of the actual book. Cylinder numbers: there appears to be a space between the black and the purple, where the iridescent cylinder number should be.

Capability Brown retail booklet cylinder numbers.

Stamps in detail

2nd Class The Duke of Marlborough enticed Brown to Oxfordshire in 1763, with the promise that he should begin work at Blenheim Palace immediately.

2nd Class For his efforts at Longleat in Wiltshire, Brown was paid over £6,100 between 1757 and 1762 by Lord Weymouth

1st Class Brown’s 1768 arrival at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, sparked John Peyto Verney’s ambitious changes to both the house and landscape

1st Class Henry Herbert, later 1st Earl of Carnarvon, summoned Brown to Highclere Castle shortly after he inherited the Berkshire estate in 1769.

£1.05 Around 1770, Brown began work at the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s northern estate, Alnwick Castle, after having previously worked for them at Syon

£1.05 In 1780, Brown supplied a landscape plan for Thomas Harley at Berrington Hall, Herefordshire, working there in perfect partnership with his son-in-law.

£1.33 Stowe, the Buckinghamshire kingdom belonging to the formidable Viscount Cobham, was where Brown cut his horticultural teeth

£1.33 Brown was first consulted regarding Croome Park in Worcestershire in 1751, when George William Coventry inherited the earldom.

Technical details:

The stamps are designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies, the stamps are printed by International Security Printers in lithography.  The stamps are 41 x 30 mm, and printed in 4 sheets of se-tenant pairs, 60 per sheet.  The retail booklet is also printed by International Security Printers (Walsall) but in gravure.

Product range - we will not be stocking these products except for the Retail Stamp Book stamps.

Set of 8 stamps         Presentation Pack     First Day Cover     Set of 8 Stamp Cards    Retail Book   

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