Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire: detail of chapel mural by James Thornhill depicting the 'Doctors of the Church' in trompe l'oeil
|Architect/Designer||Gibbs, James (1682-1754)|
|Flitcroft, Henry (1697-1769)|
|Soane, Sir John (1753-1837)|
|Kendall, Henry Edward (1776-1875)|
|Thornhill, Sir James (1675-1734)|
|Artist/Photographer||Charles, Martin (1940-2012)|
|Library Reference||MC F 200286|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Martin Charles / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Chapels ; Country houses ; Murals|
NOTES: The house dates originally from c. 1640, when it was begun and possibly designed by its owner Sir Thomas Chicheley. It subsequently underwent many alterations. From 1693-1710 a detached orangery to the rear and a service wing were added. From 1713 James Gibbs added wings and library to the north-west. In 1742-1745 the central block was reroofed and the elevations reconstructed by the architect Henry Flitcroft. Another wing was added on the garden side to balance the library. From 1791-1806 the interiors were remodelled by John Soane The last phase was the extension of the east and west wings by H. E. Kendall (senior) in 1842 (largely demolished in 1953). The house was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1976. The chapel is by James Gibbs (1713) and the painted murals by James Thornhill (c. 1721).
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