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Front view of Claremont

Front view of Claremont

Engraver: Havell, Daniel

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1817

Shelfmark: Ktop XL

Item number: 19F

Genre: Topographical Drawing

At the time of this picture, Claremont was the seat of Prince Leopold and Princess Charlotte of Saxe-Cobourg. It was originall designed, built and lived in by architect Sir John Vanbrugh, who bought the estate in 1708. It was considerably enlarged for its next owner Thomas Pelham, Earl of Clare, just a few years later. The entire house was demolished in 1768 and replaced by this more fashionable and practical design, the work of Henry Holland and Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The young architect John Soane worked here under the instruction of Holland. Much of Vanbrugh's original work survives in the gardens, including the Belvedere and garden walls.

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