Tag : 18th century

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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21 & 20 St James's Square
Nov 20th, 2012 | | Commercial premises | Portfolio | 10 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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Sarsden House - credit James Kerr http://www.jameskerr.co.uk/
Nov 13th, 2012 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | 3 Comments

Sarsden House, Oxfordshire

Sarsden House from the NE - credit James Kerr Sarsden House, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was rebuilt by William Walter in 1689 after a major fire. In 1792 James Langston inherited the house and commissioned...

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Roehampton House
Sep 21st, 2012 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Recent projects | Residences | 2 Comments

Roehampton House

Roehampton House (West front) - with thanks to St James Roehampton House, in Roehampton, SW London, was built by the architect Thomas Archer in 1710-12 for the London merchant Thomas Cary. Cary had been born in the...

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Souter Johhnie's Cottage
Feb 27th, 2012 | | Conservation | National Trust for Scotland | Portfolio | No Comments

Souter Johnnie’s Cottage

In 1789 Robert Burns was asked to produce a witch tale to accompany a picture of Alloway Kirk in the book Antiquities of Scotland. His response was a poem regarded by many as his masterpiece: Tam O'Shanter. The...

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Tennyson House
Feb 17th, 2012 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

Tennyson House, Twickenham

Montpelier Row, Twickenham, faces east over Marble Hill Park. The houses were built in about 1721 by a retired naval officer Captain John Gray, who seems to have acquired sufficient prize money to invest it in land...

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Georgian Group - Fitzroy Square
Dec 29th, 2011 | | Aesthetics | History | 37 Comments

Painting of Georgian Buildings

In 1950 the Georgian Group issued the above sheet offering advice to householders on the external painting of Georgian buildings. The suggestion was that, in spite of continued post-war shortages, there would be a...

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John Smith's The Art of Painting in Oyl
Nov 27th, 2011 | | History | 3 Comments

The Art of Painting in Oyl (2)

John Smith's The Art of Painting in Oyl may perhaps lay claim to being the first house-painting manual in the English language. At least that was the conclusion that I reached after a lengthy analysis of...

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John Smith's The Art of Painting in Oyl
Nov 27th, 2011 | | History | No Comments

The Art of Painting in Oyl (1)

John Smith's The Art of Painting in Oyl may perhaps lay claim to being the first house-painting manual in the English language. At least that was the conclusion that I reached after a lengthy analysis of...

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Richmond Hill Terrace Exterior
Nov 25th, 2011 | | Portfolio | Private Houses | Residences | No Comments

The Terrace, Richmond Hill

This was another of those houses that I had been hoping to be involved with for many years and then fate struck twice. In the late 1990s I carried out an initial paint investigation of two of the rooms and then I...

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