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Campbell and William Kent (1685-1748)

HOLKHAM HALL, Norfolk


Begun 1734
ENTRANCE HALL BEGUN 1734.
KENT'S LAST GRAND INTERIOR IS IN HOLKHAM
HALL, BUILT FOR THOMAS COKE, LATER EARL
OF LEICESTER. THE STATELY ENTRANCE HALL IS
UNRIVALED IN ENGLAND. RICH IN MATERIAL AND
COMPLEX SPATIALLY, IT DRAWS UPON ELEMENTS
FROM ANCIENT ROME, PALLADIO, AND INIGO
JONES. KENT FORMS THE ELEMENTS INTO HIS
OWN UNIQUE ACHIEVEMENT.

HOUGHTON HALL 1722-32.


CANOPY OF GREEN VELVET, DETAIL
The richness
and complexity
of the bed's
design extends
to its smallest
details. This
portion of the
canopy is
based on the
classic
entablature.

STATE BEDROOM
Designed as a house of great state
and magnificence, Campbell planned
Houghton Hall for the Prime Minister,
Robert Walpole. The interior has a
unified scheme collaborated on by
Campbell and William Kent. Kent was an
architect and designer of gardens,
furniture and decorative ensembles. This
green velvet bed, the centerpiece of the
state bedroom, is characteristic of Kent's
florid and monumental style. Gilded
plasterwork and paintings ornament the
walls and ceiling.

SETTEE
Ionic Temple
Rievaulx Terrace
c. 1740

This settee was designed by the neo-Palladian architect, William Kent, the first architect to regularly
design furniture for his buildings. Kent's goal was to restore correct classical taste, but this piece with
its heavy shaped supports and bold carving is primarily indebted to such European Baroque artists as
Bernini.