New stamp set gets the Duke's seal of approval

The Duke of Northumberland has helped to launch a new set of stamps to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot '˜Capability' Brown.

Saturday, 20th August 2016, 07:41 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 18:41 pm
The Duke of Northumberland with the commemorative stamp featuring Alnwick Castle.

The stamps showcase some of the best-loved surviving examples of Brown’s work, and celebrate his contribution to landscape gardening.

Alnwick Castle, the most northerly example of the landscape gardener’s work, features on the £1.05 stamp.

Capability Brown is considered the last of the great 18th century artists and as England’s greatest gardener.

Born at Kirkharle, he changed the face of 18th century England, designing country estates and mansions, moving hills and creating flowing lakes and serpentine rivers.

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

The Duke said: “My ancestors, the first Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, employed local lad Capability Brown to landscape the castle grounds at Alnwick in the 1770s. By then at the height of his fame, he created the spectacular view which we continue to enjoy from the castle and which has changed little over the years.

“Alnwick is the most northerly example of the work of a man who apparently took much of his inspiration from his homeland of Northumberland.

“I was therefore delighted to be asked to play a small part in paying tribute to his work, something made all the more poignant given that I am lucky enough to look out daily over what is undoubtedly one of his finest creations.”