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Petworth Park in the South Downs, Southern England is a lovely Deer Park which, while previously owned by dukes earls, today it is in the care of the National Trust. The park is also home to Petworth House, a 17th century, Grade I listed Manor House. The Park in its current form dates back to the 18th century. There were elaborate Elizabethan gardens on the site from the late 16th century though.
The current pleasure gardens were extensively landscaped by the famous ‘Capability’ Brown during the 1750s and 60s. Lancelot Brown was responsible for landscaping some of the most-loved British landscaped gardens at Stowe as well as the gardens at Blenheim Palace and Warwick Castle. He earned the name ‘Capability’ for his frequent expression that there was great ‘capability‘ for improving the grounds he was commissioned to work on.
It was Charles Wyndham who took on ‘Capability’ Brown to landscape Petworth Park. His son, the Third Earl of Egremont was friends with the British landscape artist J M W Turner, who would spend long periods at Petworth. Turner painted Petworth Park from the lake at around 1810. To this day, there is still a close connection with the arts and Petworth House.
This is a picture I took on a spring afternoon while on a circular walk in Petworth Park. I used a 35 mm camera loaded with Fomapan 100 black and white film. There’s some info on a Petworth Park circular walk in a recent post here. The walk is definitely worth the effort while on a visit to Petworth House.
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