The Legacy Of John Nash

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John Nash was born in 1752,(1) his professional career took place during the transition between the Neo-classism and Picturesque movements. He never really gained respect as an architect during his 83 year life before his death in 1835(2) as a result of his tendency to disobey the architectural rules left many believing he was a “rogue with no artistic excellence.” (2) (SUMMERSON, J. 1991, page 9) During his career, Nash transitioned from a fashionable country house architect in England and Wales (1793-1810), to designing regency architecture including Regent’s Park and Regent’s Street (1811-1820) and then on to restoring the royal residence of Windsor Castle and converting Buckingham House into Buckingham Palace (1830-35).(2) Nash Started…show more content…
Between April and July 1787, 150 workmen(6) helped Henry Holland to transform the house into the The Marine Pavilion of the His Royal Highness. It took the shape of and East facing letter E including a central semi-circular portico of six Ionic Columns with a small recessed dome, whilst each side featured slightly less curved bows with a balcony on the first floor. Currently collaborating with Robert Adam and James Wyatt, Biagio Rebecca decorated the central room known as the Saloon which was shaped like an ellipse with two semi-circular recess’ at the north and south.(5) the rest of the house’s interior mirrored the French style with Weltje buying some pieces in Paris at the sales.(6) kitchen clerk, Louis Wiltje, occupied the lease of a “farmhouse with a pleasant view of the seafront”(6) (GOOF. M, 1976, page 6) from Thomas Kemp for £3,000.(6) The Prince then commissioned Henry Holland, a young architect currently working for him on Carlton House in London(5) to build him a house. In 1801 the Prince decided that he wanted to enlarge the Pavilion so 2 years later Holland had added two wings containing a dining room and an additional drawing room. The Prince also had Chinese wallpaper put up in the gallery connecting the salon with the new north-east wing around this time. This caused John Crase & Sons to redecorate the whole interior in a Chinese style to match the gallery.(5) The Chinese style had gone in and out of fashion throughout the late
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