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The exhibition emphasises yet again that, if Palladianism is a game with strict rules, it is one that appeals to the unimaginative plodder (the Arts and Crafts architect C.
Martin-in-the-Fields, the church overlooking Trafalgar Square in London, designed in 1721 by James Gibbs, a British architect who straddled Palladianism and the Baroque.
Robert Tavernor is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at LSE, author of Palladio and Palladianism (Thames & Hudson, 1991), and co-translator (with Richard Schofield) of Andrea Palladio: The Four Books on Architecture (MIT Press, 1997).
The Dilettanti were not a Whiggish lot, and perhaps for that reason they wanted to promote Greek architecture through eyes uncorrupted by Palladianism.
Perhaps because Gibbs was a Tory and Walpole the leader of the Whigs, or maybe because his style had been superseded by the rise of Palladianism, he was replaced as architect at Houghton by Colen Campbell (1676-1729), whose patron Lord Burlington had likewise dismissed Gibbs from Burlington House in London.
Here is Palladianism rechauffe for people who have made their money in the modern world but want to pretend that they are living as lords of the manor in a feudal society.
In London, the principles of Classical design promulgated by the 'old masters' were filtered mainly through Palladianism and two dynastic monarchies, the Stuarts and Hanoverians, who oversaw the urban transformation and expansion of medieval London.
The problem, perhaps, is the very nature of Palladianism, for not only did the superior foreign manner become snobbish by association but, in the hands of that prissy, intolerant aesthete the Earl of Burlington, who could understand architecture only by reference to Palladio's books, it became a mere formula for producing grand houses.
The Orders of Architecture and their Application', and 'The Graeco-Roman Roots of Classical Architecture'; the second section also contains three chapters which contain examples from the Renaissance Period, from Baroque, Rococo, and Palladianism, and finally from Neo-classicism and After.