Step aside Shakespeare, make room for Capability
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
I have some wonderful news for one and all. On 29th May Capability Brown is to be commemorated with a fountain in the cloister garth at Westminster Abbey. This is not just the honour due to a great man, it also represents a final recognition by the establishment of the importance of landscape in our national culture and life. What better way to celebrate the tercentenary. The credit is all Alan Titchmarsh's - he went up to town and effectively badgered the Dean. I have tried putting it in terms recognisable to Americans and suggested that as an honour it lies somewhere between having your feet on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood and your head on Mount Rushmore - roughly speaking then, it's having your knees in Las Vegas. I have one more ambition to put a cap on his 300th, and then I'll rest.
Raise the flag! Send the butler out for champagne! Fire the canon!
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