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Hammersmith statue commemorates great British landscape architect Capability Brown

It has been unveiled on the riverfront, close to where he lived while working on some of his most famous creations

The life-size statue of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown(Image: UGC TMS)

A statue of the great British landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has been unveiled in Hammersmith.

It sits on the riverfront at Distillery Wharf and celebrates the long-standing connection with the designer, who lived with his family in Hammersmith for 13 years.

It was unveiled at the end of May to celebrate his 300th birthday, in a place in placed near Chancellors Road, where he lived.

Capability Brown was one of the best known and most influential landscape designers, responsible for creating some of the most impressive and inspiring grounds in the UK, including those at Syon House, in nearby Brentford.

Richard Jackson (left) of the Hammersmith Society with sculptor Laury Dizengremel(Image: lbhf)

During his time in Hammersmith he would design some of his most famous creations, including Blenheim, Petworth, Chatsworth, Burghley and Alnwick.

His notable style was regarded as at the forefront of fashion in the middle part of the 18th Century, and he also worked on Richmond Park and Kew Gardens.

The statue’s completion follows a three year plan with local businesses, individual supporters and friends of The Hammersmith Society raising nearly £40,000 to honour the great British landscape architect.

Richard Jackson, a Hammersmith Society committee member, said: “Following the national celebrations for the tercentenary of his birth in 2016, the Hammersmith Society agreed to support a campaign to commission a statue to be sited by the river in Hammersmith, close to where he lived with his family, for thirteen years.”

Benham & Reeves Lettings director Marc von Grundherr with Hammersmith and Fulham mayor Michael Cartwright(Image: UGC TMS)

Among those who gave money was Benham & Reeves Lettings, which has a branch close to the statue.

Director Marc von Grundherr said: “It was a great honour for us to be one of the first donators towards this national statue commemorating thetercentenary of Capability Brown.

“His unparalleled landscaping legacy of more than 150 parks and gardens across England is most definitely worthy of this permanent memorial in Hammersmith.”

Capability Brown worked on more than 250 estates across England and Wales, covering around 200 square miles, and often aimed to create landscapes that although man-made, looked natural.

Many of his landscapes are owned by the National Trust and can still be visited explored and enjoyed today.

Among them, they include Stowe in Buckinghamshire, Petworth in West Sussex, Croome in Worcestershire, the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire, the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire and Dinefwr in Carmarthenshire.

In 1764 Brown left Hammersmith when he was appointed Royal Gardener for Hampton Court by King George III and moved into the palace grounds.

The statue was designed by international sculptor Laury Dizengremel.

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