In 2014 we looked around and saw there was no statue of Capability Brown anywhere in England. His great French counterpart, Andre le Notre, has dozens of busts and statues in France. What better time to celebrate Brown’s genius in 2016, the tercentenary year of his birth, than with a full-size bronze statue – a permanent legacy paid for by public subscription?

And what better place to site it than by the River Thames in Hammersmith, west London close to where he lived? In late 2015 sufficient ‘seed’ funding was raised to enable the full-size clay likeness and mould to be made, ready for the bronze casting.