Friday, 7 October 2016
Capability Brown 300th Anniversary at Berrington Hall
I was really pleased and surprised when my husband and I visited the National Trust's Berrington Hall on the way back from holiday this week to catch the Embroiders Guild Capability Brown exhibition there. I hadn't known it was on (if truth be told our main reason for the stop was a cuppa and a stretch of the legs). We are members of the trust, and will often plan our stops around their properties when travelling. I have found when doing this that some properties really stand out - not necessarily for their history or beauty, but for the warmth, knowledge and friendliness of the trust's staff and volunteers. Berrington had this in bucketfuls and what was intended to be a short comfort break quickly turned into a 2 hour visit. The chap on the gate walked us onto the right path to show us where to go, telling us about what was on that day and highlighting things we may want to see. Once up at the house we had a great talk in the dining room making the house history really interesting and accessible. In every room we were welcomed and engaged in conversation. So finding the guild's exhibition was really the icing on the cake - I especially liked the teacup trees. Do try to visit if you can; it really was worthwhile and an absolute pleasure. The guild's exhibit is on until the end of this month.
"Berrington was Brown’s final landscape project. Here he created a parkland and estate with vistas and views within the larger landscape. Like an embroiderer creating texture and form he manipulated nature and as one contemporary commentator remarked ‘so closely did (Brown) copy nature that his works will be mistaken for nature."
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