KENT, William
(b. ca. 1685, Bridlington, d. 1748, London)

Interior view

begun 1734
Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Holkham Hall is a country house located adjacent to the village of Holkham, Norfolk, England. The house was constructed in the Palladian style for Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester by the architect William Kent, aided by the architect and aristocrat Lord Burlington.

Holkham Hall provides us with a monumental transformation of neo-Palladian ideas. The strictly symmetrical ground plan is composed of a central elevation with reception rooms and four service buildings connected to it by corridors. It culminates in the almost religious effect of the entrance hall, where the staircase, surrounded by columns, leads up to the piano nobile. Roman proportions are evoked through the use of costly materials, classical friezes, and above all, a formal coffered ceiling.

The picture shows the staircase.

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