Chiswick Gardens

1pt.gif (86 bytes)What an interesting house! This is a pioneer work in neoclassical architecture. It was designed by the Third Earl of Burlington (1694-1753) who sought to create the kind of house and garden that might have been found in the suburbs of ancient Rome. He drew much inspiration from 16th century Italy. The present house was probably built around 1727 as an adjunct to an older one which stood to its south east. It has two stories, the ground floor being lower and the first floor being very high and richly ornamented. It may look simple from the outside, but inside it is full of history and colour.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The most interesting thing about this house to me were the chimneys. They are all shaped like obelisks and very unique.
1pt.gif (86 bytes)The gardens are listed as four distinct phases, up to 1727, after 1727, after 1764 and after 1811. The conservatory was completed in 1813. I have two pictures of the Urns that flank either side of the entrance to the conservatory. The one outside is a copy of the original one that I show you the close-up of ... these are around 400 years old, I was told.

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