Palladian Britain

Palladian Britain

Queen's House, Greenwich, London: the Tulip Staircase

Inigo Jones
Copyright: Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Much of Britain’s best-loved architecture can be described as Palladian. The style’s dominance in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries began at the Queen’s House, Greenwich, designed by Inigo Jones. This revolutionary design was the spark that lit the flames of Palladianism in Britain, establishing the style until the upheavals of the Civil War.

Later, in the early 18th century, Lord Burlington acquired a large number of drawings by Palladio, previously owned by Jones, and this, coupled with his visits to Italy, fuelled his determination to forge a revival of the style. Combined, Jones, Burlington, and their followers transformed British architecture.

Villas in Britain examines the British country house as a reaction to Palladio. It explores the origins of villas, shows how Palladio perfected his own iteration of the form and looks at how British architects imitated and adapted his designs. It uncovers aspects of villa design that have influenced non-domestic architecture and takes a look at villas internationally through to the present day.

Palladian interiors considers Palladio’s principles of interior architecture and the key features that he designed. It shows how, with only limited direction from Palladio, architects in Britain developed interiors suitable for the climate and fashions of the time. It also examines some superb British Palladian and Neo-Palladian interiors, and reveals how this style permeated design beyond the house.

Palladian architects offers an introduction to the leading British practitioners of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inspired by Andrea Palladio. The architects covered include Inigo Jones, Colen Campbell and Lord Burlington. For each, the architects’ principal influences, career and buildings are detailed.