Artist to launch book inspired by his ‘Brush with Brown’

Tim Scott Bolton, painting at Kirkharle
Tim Scott Bolton, painting at Kirkharle

A book of beautiful paintings has been released in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

A conversation three years ago with Kitty and John Anderson about Kirkharle being the birthplace of Capability Brown inspired artist Tim Scott Bolton to create a book of paintings of selected Brown landscapes.

Kirkharle, near Ponteland, has been hosting a number of special events in celebration of the birthday and it is now about to welcome the renowned artist whose book of pictures of Brown’s landscapes is to be launched at Kirkharle on Saturday, June 4.

Tim Scott Bolton loves painting country estates; a passion which stems from the explorations of his boyhood, when many large estates were in a state of dereliction.

He said: “With so many now being restored, I was able to access about a third of those landscaped by Brown, from Alnwick Castle in the north, to Burton Pynsent in the south.”

More than 60 Capability Brown landscapes feature in this, his first book, which carries a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

A Brush with Brown, will be available to purchase throughout the day and Tim will sign copies.

He added: “We are seeing the Brown landscapes in their late maturity and certainly in a more magnificent state than he ever saw them in. The now lofty trees were then only then in his imagination.”

Shropshire-born Tim was educated in Bromsgrove and at the College of Estate Management, London University.  His work is held in many collections including Her Majesty the Queen’s, the National Trust and the private collection of Mrs J Paul Getty.

Tickets for his talk, which starts at 11am, are £7.50 each. Following his visit, a selection of his paintings will be hung in the Loraine room above the Coffee House and will remain there until June 11. To reserve tickets for the talk, call 01830 540362 or email