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[Elevation of Holkham, Norfolk, the Seat of the Earl of Leicester]

[Elevation of Holkham, Norfolk, the Seat of the Earl of Leicester]

Medium: Ink wash on paper

Date: 1745

Shelfmark: K.top Vol 31

Item number: 42.e

Length: 23.8

Width: 42.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Elevation of the front of Holkham Hall, one of Norfolk's most widely known stately homes. The design was the work of its owner Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester in consultation with friends and fellow admirers of Palladianism- Lord Burlington, William Kent and local architect Thomas Brettingham. The plan is based on the Palladian Villa Mocengio and reflects Coke’s appreciation of classical architecture which he developed whilst on his ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. The building was started in 1734 and finished in c.1764 with the total cost of the house being about £90,000. This view shows the large portico with six Corinthian columns, on the south front. The building is cornered by four angle pavilions and in keeping with Palladian tradition, the state rooms are on the main floor.

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