John Phibbs is the principal of Debois Landscape Survey Group. He began his professional career with the National Trust at Wimpole Hall, Cambridge, in 1978 and in so doing laid the foundations for the recording of historic landscapes, on which all planning for historic landscapes in England is now based.
He has a long track record of designing and planning for the conservation of historic landscapes and is regarded as the leading authority on the work of the greatest English landscape gardener, Capability Brown. Indeed he led the celebrations of the tercentenary of Brown's birth in 2016 and has published two books on Brown: Place-making, the art of Capability Brown (Historic England, 2017) and Capability Brown, designing the English Landscape (Rizzoli, 2016).
John has now been commissioned to write two companion volumes for the same publishers on his other hero, and Brown's successor, Humphry Repton, the last of the three men who shaped and formed what is known as the English Landscape Movement of the 18th century: William Kent and Brown having come before him. These are to be published in 2020 and 2023.
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