Lindley Library’s historic account book inspires new collection of anniversary writings

Capability Brown

The Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library has published three new papers on the subject of Capability Brown’s account book – one of the treasures of the library’s collection.

They are: People, places and payments: Lancelot Brown’s account book by David Brown; Capable entrepreneur? Lancelot Brown and his finances, by Roderick Floud; and The afterlife of Capability Brown, by Brent Elliott.

The accounts themselves cover the period from 1759 to 1783 and are among the few surviving written records of Capability Brown’s life. They include details of transactions with illustrious clients, including King George III.

The publication of the new RHS volume coincides with this year’s Capability Brown 300 festival celebrating the anniversary of his birth. It is edited by garden historian Dr Brent Elliott, and is part of a series of occasional papers published by the RHS Lindley Library, which illuminate some of the key items in the collection. You can read all the volumes of occasional papers

Visit the library at 80 Vincent Square, London SW1, or read the accounts online 

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