Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Period Style: The Seventeenth Century and Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones

Who is Inigo Jones and why is he considered to be so important?

Inigo Jones was born in London in 1573 (he died in 1652). He is the first great canon of English architecture; Introducing the architecture of Roman antiquity to England in its purest form. He made a detailed study of the antique orders, on the rules laid out by Vitruvius in his Ten Books on Architecture and the proportions and room sizes of Andrea Palladio’s villas. He believed buildings should be unaffected and pure, following the rules of antiquity, rejecting superfluous ornament. Sadly, few of Jones’ buildings survive, but those that do must have seemed ‘other-worldly’ at the time, when compared with what was being built during the same period in England. 

The Classical Orders
  Jones is often accused of having had little impact on architectural design in England in the seventeenth century, This is not strictly true, but his influence has been buried by later Baroque trends. What is certain is that without Inigo Jones architecture in England, indeed Britain as a whole, during the following two centuries would probably have looked very different; no neatly proportioned town houses set around railed garden squares, no grand Palladian style country houses. It wasn’t just Inigo Jones who used the classical style, but he was the first man in England to study it seriously, to fully understand the principles and apply them to his buildings. It is Jones who laid the foundation stone for the classical architecture that followed in England.

Palladio's Quattro Libri (though I think this is actually the THIRD book!)
How did Inigo Jones get to become an architect?

 Very little seems to be known about Jones’ early years. His father was a clothworker in Smithfield, so it is perhaps surprising that Jones should find himself working in the Royal Court. He may not have been the son of a nobleman, but Jones’ talents and vision were recognised and respected in the Stewart court. As an artist and draftsman he was able to express his ideas clearly on paper, and translate this into his stage designs and costumes, and later in his architectural designs.

It is possible that Jones was apprenticed to a joiner when he became a young man, it has been mentioned by Sir Christopher Wren that this was the case, but there is no evidence to support this idea. What we do know is that by 1603 Jones was under the employment of the 5th Earl of Rutland, as a ‘picture maker’; a painter in other words.

Jones had certainly spent some time abroad, touring European countries, most likely the Low Countries and Italy. Jones’ copy of Palladio’s Quattro Libri has been inscribed with the date ‘1601 doi docato Ven’ which implies that the book had been purchased by Jones in Venice that year. It is likely that Jones was travelling to study art and design, rather than purely to study architecture, although I am sure he would have taken an interest in architectural design as part of his studies. Jones is thought to have learnt Italian and was to earn a reputation as being an accomplished artist and draftsman and a well travelled man, which would prove useful a little later in his life.

Travelling abroad was difficult and expensive; it would be unlikely that Jones would have had an income sufficient to support his travels alone. It is highly likely that Jones travelled with Francis Manners, brother of the Earl of Rutland, who is known to have left England in 1598, and taken a tour of France, Germany and Italy, and Jones was probably introduced to some Royal Courts during the tour when Manners was being entertained by them. There is also a possibility that Jones spent a short time working as a draftsman for Christian IV of Denmark. Jones’ pupil, John Webb mentions that Jones and Christian IV were acquainted, but sadly Webb isn’t entirely reliable! But it has been suggested that Jones helped with the design of the gate tower at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.

Gate tower at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen
Queen Anne of Denmark, wife to James I of England
Christian IV would provide a useful link between Inigo Jones and Anne of Denmark; Christian IV’s sister, and wife to King James I of England. It’s easy to imagine a letter of introduction for Jones being sent from Christian to his sister Anne;

Hi Sis, you know you were looking for a guy to come up with a neat idea for your new masque, will this Inigo Jones guy is worth a try!’

Sadly, there is no evidence of any such letter. However, it was as a court painter and designer of masques that Jones arrived in the English Royal Court, probably around 1605.

Costume design by Inigo Jones for a Masque
What is a Masque?

A theatrical entertainment held in the royal court, with elaborate stage sets and costumes, based on characters and stories from classical mythology; Often with courtiers, even members of the royal family themselves, playing the major roles.

Here are some of Jones’ original drawings for some of his masques. Hundreds of original Jones’ original designs for stage sets and costumes still survive.




During his travels abroad Jones had studied the theatre and stage designs in Italy, and brought the new ideas seen there back to England. He is credited with introducing movable scenery and the proscenium arch to English theatre. He was also reported to have creating some amazing displays of lighting, which in a world of candles and torches would have been no small task! One speciality was using coloured lighting, placing candles behind coloured glass.


How the stage sets were used to create a £D effect
Through his stage designs Jones’ whether consciously or not, was able to introduce other Renaissance ideas, including perspective in drawing. Spectators of the masques were also introduced to Inigo Jones’ building design skills when they appeared in apparent 3D on the stage before them.

A classical masque stage design by Jones
Jones continued to work on his stage designs long after he was designing buildings for the King. He worked closely with Ben Johnson the play writer, though perhaps the word closely gives the wrong impression, as the two great egos did not always see eye to eye and there were often conflicts between the two, particularly about costs and payments, 'The Masque of Oberon' in 1611 cost over £2000 and the costumes alone cost over £1000. Jonson received just £40 for writing the script. It is also worth noting that Shakespeare was still alive for part of James I reign and wrote at least three of his plays during that time, including Measure for Measure and King Lear.

 
Jones’ earliest known architectural commission was for a monument to Lady Cotton c1610 (not completed until1634) at St Chad’s Church in Norton-in-Hales, Shropshire. This is the best photograph I have sadly, but I think you can see that it is rather theatrical, and Jones’ original drawing looks much like those he produced for his masque designs. Richly carved and decorated, it is more Jacobean than classical; however, some say it has similarities with Roman sarcophagi, which Jones may have studied on a trip to France in 1609.

 
It was while he was surveyor to Prince Henry that Inigo Jones was commissioned to build the Cotton monument, though it was Rowland Cotton who actually commissioned the work, not Prince Henry. Whilst employed by the Prince of Wales Jones met Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury. Cecil was a key member of James I’s court and had a deep interest in building. It was Cecil who was to give Jones his first commission for an actual building design. The commission was for The New Exchange on the Strand in London, however, Jones design was not followed, though some architectural historians believe that Jones still had some input into the final design that was built. In 1609 Jones also submitted a design for a commission by King James to rebuild the spire on the central tower of Saint Paul’s cathedral, which had been damaged by fire after a lightening strike in 1561, and had never been replaced. To me the design Jones came up with was a rather clumsy mixture of traditional gothic and classical elements, however it would have been nice to have seen how the design would have looked in situ, sadly it was another non-starter, and St Paul’s kept its stumpy little roof until it burnt down completely in 1666. However, Jones had not finished with the old cathedral just yet! 

The Old Saint Paul's Cathedral in London, the spire was lost in 1561 after a lightening strike and never fully replaced. The whole cathedral was destroyed during the Great Fire of 1666

It was also in 1609 that Lord Salisbury called Jones to his new seat in Hertfordshire, Hatfield House. Records show that Jones was paid for ‘drawings of some architecture’ at Hatfield. It is likely that Jones was making improvements to the design of parts of the house, where building started in 1607. The south front of Hatfield shows a resemblance in its design to that of Jones’ original design for the New Exchange, with its arched loggia divided by pilasters, and central tower caped with a coat of arms (although at Hatfield the tower is only one bay wide and the New Exchange design has three bays). 

The south front of Hatfield House attributed to Inigo Jones
With the support of Salisbury, and with architectural designs appearing increasingly in the stage designs of his masques, Jones was slowly building a reputation, if not as an architect, as someone worth consulting when it came to commissioning new buildings. It is from 1610 onwards that Jones begins to self-educate himself in architectural theory, and develops a keen interest in the antique architecture of Greece and Rome. We know that Jones owned copies of Palladio’s I Quattro libri, Barbaro’s  I dieci libri dell’architettura diM. Vitruvio, Serlio’s Architettura and Tutte l’opere d’architettura  et prospetiva di Sebastiano Serlio Bolognese, and Vasari’s Lives of the Artists (Delle vite de’ piu eccellenti pitori scultori et architettori) as well as a copy of Vitruvious’s Ten Books on Architecture. We know that Jones owned these books, because they still exist, and are filled with annotations in Jones’ own handwriting. 

Annotations by Inigo Jones
What these annotations reveal is that Jones wasn’t just interested in copying what he saw in the books he was trying to understand the theory behind architecture; he considered the method of construction, the siting of houses, how the foundations and walls were built, the positioning of staircases, proportions of rooms and measurements of doors and windows. He looked at how practical Italian designs would be translated into an English landscape with English weather. He also made comparisons between the various authors of the books in his collection. Jones was almost certainly the first man in England to study architecture, and its theory in such detail and gain insight into the essential elements of classical architecture, it’s richness and diversity and how small changes in classical detail could affect the whole design of a building.

Thomas Howard, Lord Arundel (note his collection of classical statuary)
In 1613 Inigo Jones was invited to accompany Lord Arundel who had been asked to escort James I’s daughter, Princess Elizabeth to Heidelberg after her marriage. Arundel planned to tour Italy once his official duties had been completed and as Jones had travelled in Italy before and knew the language and country well, I’m sure that he was considered an ideal travelling companion. 

Antique Rome
Palladio's Palazzo Barbaran
 This trip was to give Jones the opportunity to study the remains of ancient Roman buildings and Palladio’s villas at first hand, it also allowed Jones to speak with Vincenzo Scamozzi, who had studied under Palladio and had completed some of Palladio’s buildings after his death, and had an opportunity to meet a wealth of other architects working at the time and see their work. 

The Capitoline facade designed by Michelangelo
It is important to note here that Jones was not particularly interested in the more fashionable architecture of the day in Italy. He was not a wholehearted supporter of the Mannerist architecture of Michelangelo, or the newly emerging Baroque (which was still in its infancy during this time), feeling that these styles should be confined to garden buildings and interiors; he is quoted as saying

‘[Architecture] ought to be solid, proportionable according to the rules, masculine and unaffected’.

And had little time for

‘[The] composed ornaments which proceed out of the abundance of designers and were brought in by Michelangelo and his followers’.

That is not to say that Palladio and his followers were not still respected in Italy and some buildings were still being built following the rules laid down by Vitruvius. Jones also collected drawings and plans by Palladio and others during this trip, which he would bring back to England for further study. 

The Queen's House, Greenwich
What else did Jones design and build in England?

Jones returned to England in 1614 and in September 1615 was made Surveyor-General of the King’s Works, in charge of all major building works for the Stewart court. His first job in his new role was to design and build a house for Queen Anne of Denmark in 1616. A site was chosen in Greenwich Park, but there was one small problem with the site; a major public road ran through the park. Oddly, to prevent the queen from having to cross the road to gain access to the river, Jones built the house in two blocks, one each side of the road, and joined the two by a footbridge running over the road on the first floor. The house design is uncompromisingly classical. There is a rusticated ground floor, a loggia on the first floor of the rear elevation over- looking the park, and what appears to be (but isn’t actually) a flat roof surrounded by a balustrade. There are no extraneous decorations, no ogee shaped roofs, no towers or shaped gables. The building has been heavily influenced by what Jones had seen and studied in Italy on his recent tour there, with some adaptations, such as larger windows to allow more light into the house. Inside there is a magnificent hall, a single 40 foot cube rising through both storeys with a cantilevered balcony running around the edge on the first floor, connecting the first floor rooms. Jones also designed a beautiful circular staircase, known as the Tulip Staircase, which you may have seen before on my post about stairs. 

Early design for the Queen's House with a pediment, not used on final design
The Queen's House, rear elevation
the Italian marble floor of the Hall


The Tulip Staircase

Compare the design for the Queen’s House at Greenwich with other houses built at the same time, like Blickling Hall, it must have seemed very alien to most English subjects. Fortunately for Jones the king was an enthusiastic patron who understood the logic behind Jones’ design. 

Blickling Hall built in 1616 at the same time as the Queen's House
Sadly, Anne of Denmark died in 1619 and work on the house ceased. However, it was resumed again in the 1630’s to provide a home for Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I.

The Banqueting House, Whitehall
Jones’ next project was the Banqueting House at the Palace of Whitehall. The Banqueting House had played host to many of the elaborate masques that Jones had worked on for the royal court, but the original building had burnt down and a replacement was needed. The project began in 1619, and was completed in 1622. The building is two storeys high, with seven bays. The principle three bays in the centre have engaged columns and, above these columns, an entablature that protrudes further out than those on the rest of the building. The other bays are separated by pilasters, with double pilasters at either end of the façade. The interior is basically one huge room, a double cube 110 x 55 x 55 feet. The ceiling was divided into nine large panels, later inset with painted panels by Rubens in 1635. This style of ceiling was to have a major influence on interior design in the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

The Banqueting House today
Detail of the engaged columns on the facade
The Double-cube room inside
The ceiling with panels painted by Rubens
Did you notice this building in my Introduction to the period? It features as the view through a window in a portrait of King James I, and is also the backdrop to the execution of Charles I. The windows that you see today are not the original ones, which were replaced in the eighteenth century. 

The Banqueting House appears through the window
Charles I was executed outside the Banqueting House
Jones had hoped to rebuild the whole of the Whitehall palace in this classical style; and drew up plans in the 1630s. The Banqueting house was to be one of a pair, but funds were in short supply, and the project never left the drawing board.

Plans for a new palace at Whitehall, can you spot the Banqueting House and it's proposed twin?

Jones next project was the Queens Chapel at St James’s Palace built between 1623 and 1627. Principally another double cube room, which is dominated by a large Venetian window and a rounded coffered ceiling based on a reconstruction by Palladio of the Temple of Venus and Rome. 

Inside the Queen's Chapel, St James's Palace
The Queen's Chapel by Inigo Jones

Between 1631 and 1633 Jones was working closely with a Frenchman named Isaac de Caux on the design of a new piazza for the Earl of Bedford. The piazza was to be built on the site of an old convent garden in London owned by Bedford. Elegant arcaded houses where built on two sides around a central square, following new trends in town planning in France. One side of the square was to have a church, designed by Jones in an austere Tuscan order, which suited Bedford, who wanted to spend as little money on the church as possible. The church was the first to be built in London since the reformation,  the only problem was that Jones wanted the entrance to the church to be on the pedimented temple front, but this would have meant the alter was at the west end and this was traditionally on the east end. Ultimately Jones stuck with tradition, and the temple front of St Paul’s church on Covent Garden is little more than a sham, you have to go behind the church to enter it! The original houses on Covent Garden have long gone, and the church was extensively rebuilt after a fire in the late eighteenth century. The famous market building and the Royal Opera House are all later additions, not part of Jones’ original plan.

St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
Arcading around the square at Covent Garden
Jones found a little more success in his design for west front entrance to Saint Paul’s Cathedral (1634-40). This portico had handsome Corinthian capitals and was capped with a balustrade. The rest of the cathedral remained defiantly medieval, and the building never did get a new spire. The whole cathedral was gutted during the Great Fire of London in 1666. By that time it was Wren who had been given charge of the rebuilding, and he originally tried to incorporate Jones’ portico into his new design, but for whatever reason it never happened and the portico was swept away with the rest of the cathedral ruins.

Jones's design for the west front of St Paul's Cathedral
The west front of St Paul's Cathedral, London, note the stump onto of the tower where there spire was never replaced
Early design for the west front
An early design by Wren for the new St Paul's, which includes Jones' portico
It is believed that Jones was behind the design of Stoke Park near Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire. It is not clear how many private homes Jones might have designed, but as a prominent architect of the time it is always possible that he was consulted by many wealthy landowners, even if he didn’t produce any actual plans himself, but without firm evidence it is almost impossible to say. The original house at Stoke Park has gone (its replacement is very ugly!) but the seventeenth century pavilions survive. With their giant order pilasters they perhaps owe something to Michelangelo, but then again, they are garden buildings, so perhaps Jones may have relented in his view of Italian Mannerism! I have found an image of Stoke Park and you can see the two pavilions either side of the main house, but I have no idea if it is the building attributed to Inigo Jones.

The Stoke Park pavilions

A more romantic view of one of the pavilions!
Stoke Park, with what may be the original house in the centre
It is at about this point that we can introduce John Webb (1611-72) Webb became Jones’ assistant in c1628 chiefly as a draftsman. Jones is likely to have passed on much of what he had learnt of architectural theory to Webb, and Webb also submitted designs for a new palace at Whitehall, presumably after Jones’ designs had not been accepted. However, the palace at Whitehall was only ever an architectural fantasy, the Stewart court simply lacked the funds to build the palace; still, it is always nice to dream!

Wilton House, Wiltshire
John Webb is often given credit for the south front of Wilton House in Wiltshire. The south front was originally built by Isaac de Caux c1636, the same man who had worked with Inigo Jones at Covent Garden, and Jones is likely to have given advice on its construction. A fire in 1647 badly damaged the south side of the house, and some rebuilding was required. By this time England was in the middle of the Civil War. Jones, as a royal servant and supporter of the crown, had been taken prisoner, but was later pardoned, and it was he, along with Webb, who undertook the renovations to Wilton House. There seems some debate in my books as to whether the pavilions and Venetian window were added to the building before or after the fire. What is clear is that they are in the classical tradition, and used by Palladio, and that Jones very probably had a hand in them being there. Inside Wilton House are two fine state rooms, designed by Inigo Jones; the Single-cube Room and the Double-cube Room. The Double-cube room echoes the early Baroque interiors of France that Inigo Jones would have seen on his travels. The carving and painted ceiling in this room can seem rather clumsy and heavy  (I think it was the 18th century architect William Cambers who likened the fruits in the carvings of the Double-cube Room to turnips), especially when compared to the work of artist later in the seventeenth century, but the room is no less pioneering for that. Of particular influence to later architects was the coved ceiling, which was another Jones introduction. Without the coving the room would have seemed rather lofty and may have detracted from the Van Dyke paintings set into panels on the walls, which the room was designed to show off. 

The Double-cube room at Wilton
elevation of the Double-cube room showing construction of coving
The rich decoration of the Double-cube room at Wilton
The Single-cube room at Wilton
Inigo Jones died in 1652, passing the classical baton on to Webb (along with his vast collection of drawings by Palladio and others). There are a handful of other architects who admired the work of Jones and followed the classical style he introduced, but these were built mostly after the Restoration, when Charles II returned to the throne, so we will look at these buildings in another post a little later.

Thanks to Jones the antique architecture of Rome had arrived in England. During the restoration, Baroque became a more fashionable style in which to build, as we shall see, but Classical architecture, and particularly Palladianism hadn’t finished in England yet, in fact it was only just beginning!







27 comments:

  1. What a brilliant tribute, Andy! I have long admired Jones' work, first his theatrical designs and later, his architecture. Your fondness for this great talent is well evident. Thank you for another wonderful post!

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    1. Hi John, I thought you might like the costumes! one of them reminds me of your own statuary tribute.

      pleased you enjoyed the post, it took a while to get together as I got carried away with reading about my books on Inigo Jones again!!

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  2. Andy, what can I say? Epic, comes close!
    This must have taken you for ever to compose. Thanks for all the videio clips - always a winning point for someone like me who finds it tough reading straight through.
    You are a legend...
    Best wishes
    Simon
    ps I totally didnt realise it was the KDF las weekend! I've been completely pre-occupied. Hope you had a great time.

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    1. Hi Simon,

      Still wondering about all the new revelations in your miniature world!!

      This post took a while and even longer to find pictures, I couldn't find some of the ones I wanted, and there doesn't seem to be any portrait of John Webb anywhere! glad you enjoye the little breaks in the script!! ;)

      I went a bit mad a KDF this year, will show a few of the new things very soon!!

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  3. Es un post realmente maravilloso!! Admiro profundamente tus conocimientos sobre historia del arte, Andy!! Muchas gracias por compartir con todos nosotros tu enorme sabiduría!! Un abrazo enorme!!

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    1. Hola Pedrete,

      Estoy muy contento de que disfruten de mis mensajes en la historia de los edificios en inglés y la historia de aquellos tiempos. Siempre he sido aficionado a Iñigo Jones y su trabajo.

      muchos abrazos para ti también!

      Andy xxx

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  4. Thanks for the lovely post, always good to learn new things.

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    1. Hi Elga, I hope you found this post interesting, I learnt one or two new things whilst doing it!!

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  5. Nice research Andy! Another hugely informative post. Good to have your blog filled with such information to be able to go back to now and again. Thanks for all the work you're putting into it!

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    1. Hi Josje, thanks for your kind comments, I have just been admiring your little bears!!

      I am pleased that you enjoy my historical posts, hope they give people some inspiraton for new models etc.

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  6. Hi Andy,
    God bless your posts! I printed it out this morning and was thrilled to read it in the doctor's waiting room. You have a gift of cramming so much information into your posts without making them seem heavy or too technicaL. I learn so much and I am always entertained. You have a wonderful style and it makes each and every post a pleasure to read...over and over and over. I've said it before, but your blog is one that inspires me the most.
    Hugs my friend,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac!

      what can I say, I am flattered that you would actually print this post to read later. I could write so much about Inigo Jones, but had to cut back a bit as the post was rather long before I trimmed it!! I put all the important stuff about his life in. I have a great deal of respect for him. It's just a shame that not much has actually survived that he designed and built.

      Will try and keep up the good work for the next Period Style post!! (though I need a little break before I start on that!!)

      Hugs to you too Giac!!

      love Andy xxxx

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  7. Andy - you've excelled yourself this time. What a fantastic read, thoroughly enjoyable and very well written. Keep them coming :-)

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    1. Hi Irene, great mysteries are afoot at Netherton I think!!!

      Pleased you enjoyed this post, and for those kind comments!

      Will write the next instalment very soon, but have a few other posts to think about first!

      regards
      Andy xx

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  8. Muchas gracias por este precioso e informativo post!!!
    Besos.

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  9. Gracias Carmen, me alegra que haya disfrutado leyendo este post.

    abrazos
    Andy xx

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  10. Bravo!!!!

    Most definitely my favourite post to date! I read it in two sittings as I wanted to make sure I absorbed it all. You really do make it easy to follow Andy, I just love your style of writing, it's so clear and concise.The images are beautiful and show the progression well, I am particularly taken with the Architectural drawings,especially those of Jones' theatre sets.

    I can't wait till the next instalment.

    ML Fi xx

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    1. Hi Fi, glad you enjoyed this post, There are hundreds of drawings by Inigo Jones which have survived (more on how/why later) He was a very creative person, and seems to have had quite a budget when staging the masques!

      I am taking a short break from the period style guides to concentrate on a few other things, but will be looking at the Restoration next!

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  12. There was a young fellow from Holland
    Who desired a grand hall that was columned
    So he called Mr Jones
    Having taken out loans
    And commissioned a home well-proprtioned.

    You know, Andy, I take great pleasure in realising that we've seen so many of these buildings together, and I have learnt so much about architecture from you! Your post is really interesting and worth all your hard work on it! (But what's all this about architecture being "masculine and unaffected?" I suppose that rules out the rococo? )

    David xx

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    1. Such a delicious poem Dear One, how I enjoyed it!!

      Rococo, not a style I myself find in the best of taste, will feature a little in future posts, but it's influence was limited in England, as we shall see. It does make it's presence felt in the furniture of one Thomas Chippendale though!

      It is nice to have such a lovely companion to share my pleasure and interest in architecture with too!

      Alas, I realise all too well that 'masculine' and 'unaffected' are words to which you do not yourself aspire!
      Perhaps you are better off living up to your china, of which you have such vast quantities!!

      Hugs
      Andy xxxxxxx

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  13. We do have a lot of china don't we? We really ought to have a rococo porcelain tea house to store it all in, or a pagoda with little bells on each of its ivory roofs to tinkle in fairy-tale breezes. I once nearly brought home a wildly rococo picture frame from Berlin, but realising I would have had to wear it round my neck if I were ever to have carried it back, what with all my other nicknacks, I had to leave it behind. I could have painted my own portrait and stuck in that. What a loss to art! It's a shame the Anglo-Saxon attitude is generally so very anti-rococo. I look forward to your examples of it. Dear Mr Chippendale. At Potsdam's Sans Souci it's all china parrots and unnecessary curlicues. Indeed, it is positively mannerist rather than merely rococo. Such a delicious palace. How one enjoyed it.

    There was a young man from darjeeling
    Who aimed for a mannerist feeling.
    He bought china parrots
    And porcelain scallops
    And plastered them over the ceiling.

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    1. for the first statement, my relpy is 'over my dead body!!' Sans Souci is all very well in Potsdam, but doesn't travel well, and would liek a touch out of place in our humble garden. and tinkling bells on a pagoda might have worked for Nash at Kew, but our garden isn't quite as large I fear!

      For the second statement, though I am much relieved that such a gaudy bouble remains in Germany, it would have been rather fun to see your head within the frame!!

      your little poem has some similarities to your own little room I fear, maybe not mannerist, but certainly affected!! tee hee!!!

      Alas, no time for Chippendale, as I must prepare a feast for the day of days when the world was blessed by the birth of one Dr Huckvale!! Your own personal Vatel!! How you work me dear!

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  14. Wow, Andy ! Awesome tour! I confess that the Seventeenth century in England is not the one I am most familiar with design-wise! It obviously was a time of Great transition... in many ways! Your research is very thorough and I've learned a Lot!!!

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  15. Hi daydreamer, hope you find some of this information useful, teh seventeenth century in Enland was indeed a time of great transition, it was an eventful period in England's history.

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  16. Hi Andy just discovered your blog today and as my husband is due to retire he is hoping to start making a tudor dollshouse so your site is going to be visited a lot of times. Great blog loads of info Thanks a lot

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  17. Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for taking a look at my blog, glad you enjoyed it, I hope you both find it interesting, there's plenty of stuff about houses from the Tudor period in my earlier posts.

    regards
    Andy

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