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Creator:
Lancelot ('Capability') Brown, 1716–1783, British
Title:

St. James's Park, London: Plan

Date:
1770
Medium:
Pen and black and brown ink, watercolor on moderately thick, smooth, cream vellum
Dimensions:
Sheet: 19 1/2 x 27 1/16 inches (49.5 x 68.7 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in pen and gray ink, lower right: "Piccadilly"; in pen and gray ink, lower right: "Part of The Green Park"; in pen and gray ink, center: "St James"; in pen and gray ink, center left (uppercase): "The Horse Guards"; in pen and gray ink, lower center: "A Plan | with the Alterations | Proposed | for St James Park"

Signed in pen and gray ink, lower center: "L.B."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1975.2.485
Classification:
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | landscape architecture | parks (recreation areas) | plans (drawings)
Associated Places:
London | St. James's Park
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:12020
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Serving as George III’s landscape gardener in 1764, Lancelot “Capability” Brown proposed for St. James’s Park a curving lake with an island at its center. The design, shown here in plan, would replace the formal gardens and canal with a “naturalized” landscape. Although never executed, Brown’s design is echoed in John Nash’s alterations of 1828, still extant today. n
Madeleine Helmer, 2014

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