The ingenious Mr Flitcroft : Palladian architect 1697-1769 / Gill Hedley ; introduction by Charles Saumarez Smith.

Hedley, Gill [Browse]
  • London : Lund Humphries, 2023.
  • ©2023
192 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), plans ; 26 cm


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"Henry Flitcroft was first employed by the leading aristocratic architect of the time, Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington, who helped him to establish his long career. Flitcroft had about fifty clients over forty years, working for many dynasties, including the royal family, the Bedfords, the Yorke/Hardwickes and the Malton/Rockinghams. Remarkably, he was employed regularly by the Duke of Montagu and his family from 1725 to 1765, and the Hoare family from 1728 to his death in 1769 and was responsible for some of the great country houses of the period including Wimpole, Woburn Abbey and Wentworth Woodhouse. This is the first book which details his life and examines his complete body of work. It sets Flitcroft within his social context, providing insights into those for whom he worked as well as his fellow architects. Flitcroft waged fierce battles to maintain his professional positions at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's and the documents are revealed here for the first time. The book dissects the dramatic story of Flitcroft's insane son and the legal cases that ensued which link Flitcroft and G.E. Street, who inherited Flitcroft's own house in Hampstead. Flitcroft's notable churches and London buildings including Chatham House, Benjamin Franklin House and Pushkin House are analysed and his furniture designs assessed. Finally, his last great project at Stourhead - is re-examined"--Publisher's description.
  • Early years and apprenticeship
  • Lord Burlington, marriage and Bower House
  • Amesbury and Montagu House
  • St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Wentworth Woodhouse and Ditchley
  • St Olave's, Savannah, Stoke Edith, Wimborne St Giles and Frognal
  • Wimpole and Hampstead
  • Shobdon, Windsor, Office of the King's Works and Woburn
  • Stourhead
  • Redlynch, Kingston House and Alfred's Tower
  • Henry Flitcroft Junior
  • Character and posthumous reputation.
  • 9781848226500 (hardback)
  • 1848226500
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