WYATT, James
(b. 1746, Burton Constable, d. 1813, Marlborough)

Exterior view

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

The asymmetrical layout of Strawberry Hill became the hallmark of a whole movement that left its mark on English country house architecture towards the end of the 18th century, namely Castellated Gothic or Castle Style. A country seat now had to look like a medieval castle, with compact masses and huge towers which, with the obligatory battlements, would convey a sense of fortification. The picturesque Castle Style soon achieved great popularity, and late 18th-century/early 19th-century architects switched effortlessly between the Neoclassical vein for public commissions and Gothic Revival for country houses. One of the most successful architects of the time was James Wyatt. His Belvoir Castle is a perfect essay in the Castle Style.

The photo shows a view from the south-west.