Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

Prior to the seventeenth century, the prodigy houses of the Elizabethan age were those sites privy to landscaping on the scale that we can later expect from Britain's grand country house gardens. This period of the Renaissance ushered in strands of Italianate influence, greatly received by a proportion of courtiers and gentry. Properties such as … Continue reading Formal Gardens in the 17th Century: Ideas from Italy

The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty

From 1570 – 1620 one can chart the ‘Elizabethan building boom’[1]. Here, we see an unprecedented rise in the building of ‘proud, ambitious heaps’[2] and the beginnings of the ‘architect’ as an entity in the cultural, economic and social landscape. Architectural historian Sir John Summerson credits ‘the most daring of all English buildings’[3] as the … Continue reading The Elizabethan Country House And The Cult Of Sovereignty