September, 2013

Hampton Court - Kings Staircase 1819 - WH Pyne
Sep 24th, 2013 | | Palaces | Portfolio | Residences | 4 Comments

The King’s Staircase – Hampton Court Palace

The King's Staircase (Credit: Andy Marshall - Fotofacade) The balustrade to the King’s Staircase at Hampton Court Palace was designed and made by the Huguenot ironsmith Jean Tijou. Tijou seems to have arrived in...

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Nos. 1 & 2 New Burlington Street
Sep 23rd, 2013 | | Commercial premises | Portfolio | No Comments

1 & 2 New Burlington Street

Nos. 1 & 2 New Burlington Street In the late 1600s, the Earl of Burlington had acquired leasehold possession of Ten Acre Close, a piece of ground lying north and north-east of Burlington House. Richard Boyle, third...

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Robert Polhill Bevan
Sep 21st, 2013 | | Patrick's Writing | Profiles | 2 Comments

Robert Bevan – first Englishman to use pure colour in the 20th Century

A Horse Sale at the Barbican. 1912 (Tate Britain) This is another curious essay that might go some way to explaining how I came to find myself working in the field of colour. As has been written, I joined my...

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Patrick Baty
Sep 19th, 2013 | | Profiles | No Comments

Portrait Photographs

This is a slightly odd post, but I was asked by my publisher to provide them with a recent portrait photograph. Having scraped by with engagement and studio photographs from 1980 for more years than was decent I...

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Ethelburga Estate
Sep 19th, 2013 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | 1 Comment

Ethelburga Estate, Battersea

Wartime Damage Caused by Bombing – London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 The areas in Black show total destruction; Purple – damaged beyond repair; Dark Red – seriously damaged, doubtful if repairable...

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Houghton Hall 2013
Sep 15th, 2013 | | Patrick's Writing | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

Country House and Garden Tours – An Introduction

Houghton Hall 2013 For ten years I have had the privilege of being invited to join small groups of American students of the decorative arts and architecture on their visits to English and Irish country houses. These...

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Sion Row by Ian Yarham
Sep 14th, 2013 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

Sion Row, Twickenham

Sion Row The village of Twickenham is situated about ten miles west of London beside the River Thames. In the seventeenth century a number of substantial houses were built on both banks of the Thames in the area,...

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