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Chiswick House

Chiswick House, London: the entrance front

Architect: Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington (1729), Photograph: Eric de Mare (c. 1960)
Copyright: Eric de Mare/RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Chiswick House is arguably London's finest example of Neo-Palladian architecture. Designed by Lord Burlington (1729), with contributions from William Kent, it was built as a pleasure palace, adjoining an older house. Chiswick continues to dazzle visitors to this day, thanks to the guardianship of English Heritage.

You can discover much about Chiswick House and its owner-architect, Lord Burlington, in the following sections of Palladio and Britain:

For further information on both Chiswick House and Lord Burlington see the selected bibliographical references below.

The RIBA Library has a wealth of resources, including books, periodicals, drawings and photographs to discover more about Palladian architecture in Britain.

Selected bibliographical references:

  • Arnold, Dana,Lord Burlington at Chiswick reassessing the neo-Palladian style, Apollo, vol. 141, no. 396, 1995 Feb., p. 49-50.
  • Cornforth, John,Chiswick House, London, Country Life, vol. 189, no. 7, 1995 Feb. 16, p. 32-37.
  • Downes, Kerry, Chiswick Villa, Architectural Review, vol. 164, no. 980, 1978 Oct., p. 225-236.
  • Harris, John,Chiswick House: a saga of possession, Apollo, vol. 133, no. 347, 1991 Jan., p. 20-25.
  • Harris, John,Is Chiswick a 'Palladian' garden? Garden History, vol. 32, no. 1, 2004 Spring, p. 124-136..
  • Harris, John.The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, his villa and garden at Chiswick, New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1994.
  • Harris, John,Some disputations thoguhts upon CHiswick. Georgian Group Journal, 1993, p. 86-90.
  • Spence, R.T.,Chiswick House and its gardens, 1726-1732. Burlington Magazine, vol. 135, no. 1085, 1993 Aug., p. 525-531.
  • Stroud, Dorothy,Four Palladian Villas: Mereworth, Chiswick, Nuthall, Foot's Cray Place.Four Palladian Villas: Mereworth, Chiswick, Nuthall, Foot's Cray Place. Country Life, 1948 Oct. 8, p. 728-731.
  • Tipping, Henry Avray,English homes. Period 5, Vol. 1: Early Geo English homes. Period 5, vol. 1: Early Georgian 1714-1760. London: Country Life, 1921, p. 139-154.

RIBApix images:

The RIBA Library's digital database, ribapix, is constantly expanding. Why not use www.ribapix.com to explore Chiswick House.


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