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Lancelot 'Capability' Brown: Resources in University of Oxford libraries

Resources relating to Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, eighteenth century landscape architect.

Oxford Resources

Capability Brown blue plaque, Hampton CourtThis page focuses on resources available in the Rewley House Continuing Education Library and online resources subscribed to by the Bodleian Libraries.

The Continuing Education Library is available to all members of the University. Book loans are normally restricted to staff and students of the Department for Continuing Education although exceptional loans may be made - please ask at the Library desk.

Image: Blue plaque at Hampton Court Palace, photographed by Jonathan Cardy CC BY-SA 4.0

Key Journal

Key Bibliographic Databases

Here are some of the key bibliographic databases for Garden History. You can either search for Lancelot Brown, or search for specific sites

To find more, go to OxLIP+, click the Subject tab and scroll down to select Art and Architecture

Continuing Education Library books

The Continuing Education Library has a number of books on Capability Brown as well as more general books on eighteenth century landscapes and specific estates associated with Brown. Here are a few examples:


Search the following subscription databases for Lancelot Brown, Capability Brown or for specific sites

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Find items on Capability Brown on SOLO, the catalogue for University of Oxford Libraries

Useful Guides


Finding and using e-resources

Garden History

Oxfordshire History



The Bodleian Library has a very large collection of maps including various editions of the Ordnance Survey series and local and estate maps.

Many maps are catalogued on SOLO, and there is a specialist Map Search - follow the link by the search box. Most maps are held off-site and need to be requested to a reading room.

You can find more information in the guide: Finding aids for maps and on the Bodleian Map Room website

Full members of University of Oxford with Oxford Single Sign On can access Digimap and Digimap Historic Map Services for electronic access to Ordnance Survey maps

Other map resources

British History Online

Includes the complete 1:10,560 series and selected areas of the 1:2,500 maps (Single Sign On not required)