Sir William Chambers: Architect to George III

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Overview

Brought up in Sweden by Scottish parents, trained in France, a visitor to China and India, Sir William Chambers (1726-96) was by far the most internationally minded British architect of his time. Settling in London in 1755, Chambers became a favourite of King George III and went on to hold the highest official architectural offices and to build public and private commissions throughout the British Isles. Leading scholars of the period present current research on Chambers's Scandinavian and French connections; his Italian studies and projects; his relationship with British royalty; his commissioned buildings, interiors, and gardens; his furniture and metalwork designs; and his Treatise. This richly illustrated book accompanies the Sir William Chambers exhibition opening at the Courtauld Gallery, which now occupies the Fine Rooms at Somerset House, in October 1996.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069402
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Forewords
Acknowledgements
Lenders to the Exhibition
Ch. 1 Introduction
Ch. 2 Chambers and Sweden
Ch. 3 Chambers in France and Italy
Ch. 4 A Franco-Roman Triumph: The Casino at Marino
Ch. 5 Sir William Chambers and George III
Ch. 6 Sir William Chambers and Kew Gardens
Ch. 7 Chambers, W. 'A Treatise on Civil Architecture', London 1759
Ch. 8 The Villa and the Classical Country House
Ch. 9 The Town Houses
Ch. 10 Somerset House and other Public Buildings
Ch. 11 Interiors and Ornament
Ch. 12 Silver, Ormolu and Ceramics
Ch. 13 Sir William Chambers and Furniture
Ch. 14 William Chambers and Joseph Wilton
Ch. 15 Chambers and Architectural Draughtsmanship
Ch. 16 The 'Viceroy' of the Academy: Sir William Chambers and the Royal Protection of the Arts
Chronology
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Notes
Schedule of Exhibits
Photographic Acknowledgements
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