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Stowe - Queen's Temple - Front Elevation
Jan 7th, 2013 | | Organisations | Portfolio | School and Universities | 2 Comments

Stowe – Queen’s Temple

(An introduction to Stowe House can be found HERE) The Queen's Temple Brief history of the Queen's Temple and its decoration1 The Queen's Temple was originally designed by James Gibbs and built during 1742-48. ...

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Stowe - Library Ceiling
Jan 6th, 2013 | | Organisations | Portfolio | School and Universities | 2 Comments

Stowe – Large Library

(An introduction to Stowe House can be found HERE) The Large Library in ca. 1894 Brief history of the Large Library and its decoration1 The Library is 75 feet (23 m) by 25 feet (7.6 m), and is located to the east...

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Stowe - Music Room - Grotesques & Arabesques
Jan 6th, 2013 | | Organisations | Portfolio | School and Universities | No Comments

Stowe – Music Room

(An introduction to Stowe House can be found HERE) The Music Room in 1905 Brief history of the Music Room and its decoration1 The room was built as a pair with the Temple Room to the east of the Marble Saloon. It...

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Entrance Hall - Roehampton House
Jan 6th, 2013 | | Aesthetics | History | No Comments

Stone Colour

Entrance Hall - Roehampton House A recent project reminded me of an important point that one is frequently faced with when examining eighteenth century houses. It is something that often causes surprise especially...

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An 18th century entrance hall
Dec 4th, 2012 | | Aesthetics | History | No Comments

The Entrance Hall in the 18th Century

An entrance hall of the 1770s In 1715 the Scottish architect, Colen Campbell, launched his campaign for a return to the purity which he believed to have been the quality of the antique. In the preface to the first...

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Bomb Damage
Nov 30th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (5)

Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The Painting of Buildings Committee’ was...

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Clearing up - William Vandivert. Getty Images
Nov 28th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (4)

Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The Painting of Buildings Committee’ was...

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Painting of Buildings 1946 edn
Nov 26th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (3)

Part I - The General Nature of Paints Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The...

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The Painting of Buildings
Nov 24th, 2012 | | History | Paint Technical | No Comments

The Painting of Buildings – HMSO 1946 (2)

Part I - The General Nature of Paints Towards the end of 1941 the Minister of Works established a series of committees to investigate and report on the problems likely to be faced in post-war building. ‘The...

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21 & 20 St James's Square
Nov 20th, 2012 | | Commercial premises | Portfolio | 8 Comments

20 St James’s Square, London

21 & 20 St James's Square Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn 4th Bart. (1749-89) succeeded his father when only five months old. Unlike his predecessors he concentrated more on the arts – architecture, painting, the theatre...

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