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|Lancelot "Capability" Brown|
|Birth name||Lancelot Brown|
|Born||baptised 30 August 1716|
|Died||6 February 1783|
|Parents||William Brown and Ursula, nee Hall|
|Occupation||Gardener, Landscape Architect|
Lancelot Brown (born c. 1715–16, baptised 30 August 1716 – 6 February 1783), more commonly known with the bynameCapability Brown, was an English landscape architect. He is remembered as "the last of the great English 18th century artists to be accorded his due", and "England's greatest gardener". He designed over 170 parks, many of which still endure. He was nicknamed "Capability" because he would tell his clients that their property had "capability" for improvement.
His influence was so great that the contributions to the English garden made by his predecessors Charles Bridgeman and William Kent are often overlooked; even Kent's apologist Horace Walpole allowed that Kent had been followed by "a very able master".