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Elevation of Holkham, Norfolk, the seat of the Earl of Leicester 42-d

Elevation of Holkham, Norfolk, the seat of the Earl of Leicester 42-d

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1734

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXI

Item number: 42-d

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The construction of Holkham Hall, one of Norfolk's most famous stately homes, began in 1734. It was designed by its owner Thomas Coke, the Earl of Leicester, with his friends Lord Burlington and William Kent, all of whom shared an admiration for Palladian architecture. Coke then employed the architect Matthew Brettingham to oversee the interpretation and implementation of the design. The house was finally finished in 1764, five years after Coke had died. The plan is based on the Villa Mocenigo, near Venice. This view shows the large portico on the south front, with six Corinthian columns. Each corner of the building has its own angled pavilion. The state rooms are on the main floor, in keeping with Palladian style.

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