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Humphry Repton: designing landscapes for Leeds industrialists

Wednesday 16th September 2015


Humphry Repton - proposed view towards Leeds from Armley Park, 1810.

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In 1809 Britain's leading landscape gardener, Humphry Repton, was commissioned to design two landscapes on the periphery of Leeds: Oulton Hall for John Blayds and Armley Park for Benjamin Gott. Repton branded himself as the successor to the famous 'Capability' Brown, and his proposals were characteristically submitted as 'Red Books' combining watercolour illustrations and handwritten text.

Dr Patrick Eyes will compare Repton's watercolours with the present state of these landscapes as well as with those painted by J.M.W. Turner of Leeds and the Kirkstall Valley.