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Title: The dissemination of neo-Palladian architecture in England, 1701-1758
Author: Fry, Carole Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3484 885X
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2006
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This research presented here examines the dynamics behind the highly successful dissemination ofneo-Palladian architecture in the first half of the eighteenth century in England. A detailed analysis of the lives and (architectural commissions of subscribers to all three volumes of Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus, which were published in 1715. 1717 and 1725 respectively, has been carried out and has led to the discovery of new information concerning this phase of architectural history. Such an inclusive approach, which examines both the subscribers and their buildings and designs for gardens within contemporary society and culture, has produced many new connections and relationships. These links, whether architectural, societal, mercantile, political, artistic, regional, or familial, are presented here and their significance for the neo-Palladian style is expounded. One of the key findings of the thesis centres on the apolitical nature of the style, firmly separating neo-Palladianism from the received view that its success was due solely to the rise of Whiggism. Another major finding challenges the origins of the style in England and the tendency in current historiographical analysis to examine neo-Palladianism purely in relation to the early aristocracy. Research presented here links the style's burgeoning popularity to the financial conditions of the early eighteenth century and an emergent group of wealthy, risktaking merchants. This work provides a major revision of the accepted view of the neoPalladian style and its all-encompassing success in the eighteenth century.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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