• This design proposes two possible treatments of an entrance screen with heavily rusticated arches: one crowned by ball moldings, the other with pediments. The screen was probably intended for Stowe, Buckinghamshire. From the 1730s until his death in 1749, Sir Richard Temple, first Viscount Cobham (1675–1749) commissioned numerous designs for interior alterations to Stowe House as well as garden temples and other embellishments to the landscape from William Kent. A related design for Stowe is engraved in Isaac Ware's Some Designs of Mr Inigo Jones and Mr William Kent (1744, plate 50). The engraved version shows a tripartite gateway with similar ornament to this design. Among the works attributed to Kent at Stowe are the twin gateways flanking the north front of the house, which have rustication and pediments close to those in this drawing. The drawing is in Kent's hand, with his characteristic hatching, free-hand pen line, and loose use of brown wash. The tree and landscape in the background are in gray wash, suggesting that these decorative elements may have been added by Kent at a later date. A similar tree is included on Kent's drawing for a temple at Rousham (see B1975.2.154).
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Dimension height :: 27.0cm
  • Dimension width :: 37.5cm
  • Exhibition :: Country Houses in Great Britain - Yale Center for British Art
  • Exhibition :: The Early Georgian Landscape Garden
  • Exhibition :: The World of Alexander Pope
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 15, K
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Subject Concept :: Palladian
  • Subject Concept :: architectural subject
  • Subject Concept :: garden structures
  • Subject Concept :: gateways
  • Subject Place :: Buckingham
  • Subject Place :: Buckinghamshire
  • Subject Place :: Chiswick
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: Greater London
  • Subject Place :: Stowe house
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
  • ...
  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • Entrance Screen at Stowe House, Buckinghamshire: Elevation and Plan