Georgian: great era for nicknames
March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
Athenian Stuart…Single Speech Hamilton…Capability Brown
March’s Literary Review goes in for a little of one of my favorite topics - Capability Brown. In her atrociously titled piece, “The Earth Moved for Him”, Amanda Foreman reviews Jane Brown’s biography of the über influential master landscape gardener, The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 1716-1783, likewise absurdly titled.
But I’m indebted to Foreman’s otherwise cracking piece for putting me on the track of art historian Dorothy Stroud’s 1950 biography, a work I hadn’t heard of and will now endeavor to find.