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Designs for Houghton Hall, Norfolk: elevation for the west front with domes

RIBA Ref No RIBA21471
Architect/DesignerGibbs, James (1682-1754)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1730
Image Date1715
Library ReferenceSC9/3(12)
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectDomes ; Columns ; Country houses ; Porticos
NOTES: This drawing has been confidently attributed to James Gibbs by John Harris. Numerous architects worked on Houghton Hall between 1720 and the early 1730's; it has been previously assumed that Colen Campbell made the first plan for which the foundation stone was laid, but that the Palladian pavilion towers of his design did not find favour and were replaced by Baroque domed capolas designed by James Gibbs. This drawing and that seen at RIBA65993 were accordingly believed to have been drawn up in order for Sir Robert Walpole to judge the effect of Gibbs's proposed new domes. There are so many stylistic discrepancies to the house as built however, that Harris argues these drawings in fact represent the first design for the house, predating Campbell.

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