Garden buildings at Stowe, Buckinghamshire: views of one of the Lake Pavilions, the Shepherd's Cove (Hermitage), artificial ruins (Eleven Acre Cascade) and The Temple of Venus

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RIBApix ref no RIBA38375
Architect/DesignerKent, William (1685?-1748)
Vanbrugh, Sir John (1664-1726)
Artist/PhotographerSeeley, Benton (b. 1716)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1730
Image Date1769
Library ReferenceEW E.G.766
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: Benton Seeley. Stowe: a description of the magnificent house and gardens (London, 1769), pl. II NOTES: The East and West Lake entrance pavilions were designed by Sir John Vanbrugh in around 1717 and are positioned adjacent to the Octagon Lake. The nearby Shepherd's Cove (also known as The Hermitage) was designed by William Kent in 1731, while the Eleven Acre Cascade was probably constructed by him in around 1738. The Temple of Venus was the first of Kent's garden buildings to be completed at Stowe and was constructed in around 1731.

Subject tags

garden buildings, country houses, parks, grottoes