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[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.

[Vanbrugh, John] Whistler, Laurence. The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists. [Together with the 4 Volume set of Complete Works of Sir John Vanbrugh (Bloomsbury, The Nonesuch Press, 1927) / Together with an original, limited engraving of Vanbrugh's "Pyramid at Stowe" by Artist John Ingamells (Framed)]. First Edition. London, Art and Technics Limited/B.T. Batsford Limited, 1954. 22cm x 32cm. XV, 269, 86 unnumbered pages of illustrations. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear to the slightly stained binding. [Including: Vanbrugh, John. The Complete Works of Sir John VanBrugh. The Plays Edited by Banamy Dobree. The Letters Edited by Geoffrey Webb. Volume I: Introduction / The Relapse / The Provok'd Wife / A Short Vindication of the Relapse and the Provok'd Wife from Immorality and Prohpaneness / Volume II containing: Aesop - Parts I and II / The Pilgrim / The False Friend / The Country House - Volume III: The Confederacy / The Mistake / A Journey to London / The Provok'd Husband / The Fourth Volume containing The Letters // Number1295 of 1300 numbered sets on machine-made paper (total 1410). Four Volumes (complete). Bloomsbury, The Nonesuch Press, 1927. 20cm x 26.5cm. XLIV, 239, 257, 290, 284 pages. Original Hardcover. Very good condition with some signs of external wear. The Volumes in firm condition]

Includes for example: The Stature of Vanbrugh/ A question of Draughtsmanship/ a question of authorship/ Cholmondely and the art of Adaptation/ Castle Howard/ Henderskelfe/ An Architect and a Garden Designer/ A London-Talman Proposal/ The Arrival of Vanbrugh/ The First Idea for Castle Howard/ Nicholas Hawksmoor/ Craftsmen and decorators/ out-courts and entrances/ The Authorshiop of the Gardens/ Making the formal gardens/ Solemn woods: Gay ornaments/ Castle Howard today/ Blenheim Palace/ Choosing the architect/ Choosing the site/ The First proposal/ Perfecting the design/ Grinling Gibbons/ The hall and the saloon/ Thornhill and Laguerre/ The Kitchen Court and the East Approach/ The Causeway and the Bridge/ Wise, Switzer, Bridgeman/ Glympton and the events of 1713/ The Woodstock Blunder/ Kimbolton Castle/ Collapse of the South side/ William Coleman/ Four new fronts/ Courts and gardens/ Kimbolton today/ Clarmont/ The Little House/ The Big House/ The Garden/ Eastbury/ the growth of the design/ The Order of Building/ Charles Bridgeman and the Gardens/ Roger Morris and the Completion/ The End of Eastbury/ Stowe/ The Garden's Quality/ Bridgeman and Vanbrugh/ The House/ Gibbs and Kent/ The Goose-Pie in Whitehall/ The Adelphi on Greenwich Hill/ The Grand Manner in Little/ Military Buildings/ Ordnance=Vanbrugh/ Woolwich Arsenal/ Chatham/ Portsmouth/ Plymouth/ Berwick-on-Tweed/

Sir John Vanbrugh (24 January 1664 (baptised) – 26 March 1726) was an English architect and dramatist, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. He wrote two argumentative and outspoken Restoration comedies, The Relapse (1696) and The Provoked Wife (1697), which have become enduring stage favourites but originally occasioned much controversy. He was knighted in 1714.

Vanbrugh was in many senses a radical throughout his life. As a young man and a committed Whig, he was part of the scheme to overthrow James II, put William III on the throne and protect English parliamentary democracy, and he was imprisoned by the French as a political prisoner. In his career as a playwright, he offended many sections of Restoration and 18th century society, not only by the sexual explicitness of his plays, but also by their messages in defence of women's rights in marriage. He was attacked on both counts, and was one of the prime targets of Jeremy Collier's Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage. In his architectural career, he created what came to be known as English Baroque. His architectural work was as bold and daring as his early political activism and marriage-themed plays, and jarred conservative opinions on the subject. (Wikipedia)

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[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.

[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.

[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.
[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.
[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.
[Vanbrugh, The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his fellow artists.

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