• 26 October 2018
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Paul Mellon Centre

This talk will give a background to George Bubb Dodington and his villa and the circumstances of its rebuilding and interior decoration in the 1740s and 50s. Our focus is the reconstruction of a tripartite Doric garden pavilion commissioned for the gardens by Dodington from Robert Adam in 1761-2. This was partially built but is now lost; 9 drawings for the pavilion are in Sir John Soane’s Museum. We will present a digital reconstruction of the structure created directly from the information in those drawings and discuss aspects of the design which reveal this pavilion to be unique in the Adam oeuvre.

About the speakers

  • Clare Hornsby headshot

    Clare was formerly assistant director at the British School at Rome and a research fellow at the PMC. Her work has focussed on the Grand Tour and the antiquities market in the 18th century between Rome and London. She is currently contributing to the PMC Collection and Display: The British Country House project writing on the architecture and drawings at West Wycombe Park.

  • Rodolfo Acevedo Rodriguez

    Rodolfo teaches design at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and is currently contributing to the PMC Collection and Display: The British Country House project. He has carried out research on the transformation of architectural interiors in England in the eighteenth century, and is working to produce a digital reconstruction of West Wycombe Park.