Noble Prospects: Capability Brown and the Yorkshire Landscape

Mercer Art Gallery

25 June – 11 September 2016

Marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of 'England's greatest gardener', this exhibition explores his landscape designs in Yorkshire.

Rejecting the fashion for French-style geometric garden design, landscape architect Capability Brown instead focused on echoing the natural undulations of the English countryside. His approach revolutionised the nation's parkland in the 18th century, as well as influencing green spaces around the world.

Brown worked on around 20 sites in Yorkshire, including Burton Constable, Harewood, Roche Abbey, Scampston, Sledemere and Temple Newsam. Bringing together items from local collections, this exhibition includes paintings of his creations in the county, portraits of Brown and his clients, original sketches and other related documents. 

The research for this exhibition was made possible through an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grant.

Venue information

Opening times

Apr – Oct

Tue – Sat and bank holiday Mon, 10am – 5pm (Sun from 2pm)

Nov – Mar

Tue – Sat and bank holiday Mon, 10am – 4pm (Sun from 2pm)

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