Tag Archives: Baroque & Rococo

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house near Stowe, in Buckinghamshire.  The house was designed by William Cleare and built in the Neo classical Baroque style in the 1680’s for the Temple family.

Various modifications and additions were completed to the house and gardens throughout the 18th century by some prominent figures of the period. First by Vanbrugh until his death, James Gibbs, William Kent, Charles Bridgeman, John Michael Rysbrack, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Sir John Soane, and Thomas Pitt (assisted by Giovanni Battista Borra), who adapted various Robert Adam designs. The state apartments and some final modifications are attributed to Vincenzo Valdre. As Stowe evolved it became widely renowned for its magnificent gardens, park land, temples and monuments that celebrate the ‘Age of Enlightenment’.

Pair of entrance lodges at the southern entrance of the Grand Avenue, built circa 1805 in the English Baroque style. Probably designed by Vincenzo Valdre constructed of coursed square limestone with ashlar and Coade stone dressings. Sloping copper roof concealed by stone balustrade with bracketed cornice and squared pedestals surmounted by circular pots. 6 panel door with stone hood on curved brackets with 3×4 vertical sliding sash windows either side. Recessed decorative relief panels above openings with stylized foliage. Giant corner pilasters and plinth to all elevations.

Buckingham Lodges

Buckingham Lodges

Cottesbrooke

Grade I listed country house and estate near Northampton with formal and wild gardens. Family home to the MacDonald-Buchanan family. House constructed in 1702 in the Queen Anne or English Baroque style with ashlar dressings and slate roof.

Pair of stone entrance lodge in the neo classical style with elaborate ornamentation and decoration. Door with architrave surmounted by a frieze with a shield and garlands. Large sash window with pediment. Parapet with stone balustrade and urn.

Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire

Cottesbrooke Hall, Northamptonshire

 

Boughton, Geddington

Entrance lodge along the A43 near Geddington in Northamptonshire.

Boughton House is a former monastic building but transformed into a mansion by the Montagu family since 1528. Ralph Montagu was a former English ambassador to France and Boughton House shows strong French architectural influences in its present palatial Versailles style. Boughton House was little used or altered from the mid-18th century, but was well cared for and has some of the best preserved baroque state rooms in the country.

Boughton, Northamptonshire

Boughton, Northamptonshire