The Villas


Preliminary design for the north front of the Queen's House, Greenwich, London

Inigo Jones (1616)
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings Collection

A great number of Palladian villas were built in Britain from around 1710 onwards, a key part of the development of Neo-Palladianism.

However, the earliest Palladian villa in Britain can be dated nearly a century earlier: the Queen's House, Greenwich. Designed by Inigo Jones, this was begun around 1616, and proved to be immensely influential.

Wilbury House, built around 1708 – 1710, is believed to have been a tribute to Jones's genius, and was praised as such by Colen Campbell in his book 'Vitruvius Britannicus'.

Palladio's Villa Emo was the source of inspiration for many Neo-Palladian villas, including Campbell's Newby Park and Stourhead, plus Marble Hill by Lord Herbert.

Other outstanding examples of the style can be found in the Villa Rotonda and its influence.

Discover Palladian villas in Britain through the RIBA British Architectural Library Collections.