VANBRUGH, John
(b. 1664, London, d. 1726, London)

Interior view

1699-1712
Photo
Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

From 1699 John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor were commissioned to build Castle Howard, a country seat in New Yorkshire, by the Earl of Carlisle. The complex, between courtyard and garden, consists of corridor-like living quarters. their centre the salon, opening onto the garden, is balanced on the side of the courtyard by the great square hall. This has the effect of a religious space, with its abbreviated transept and the mighty tambour and dome that had never been seen before in English secular architecture.

The picture shows the entrance hall.