18 November 2008—17 April 2009
In the Library Print Room
Everyone enjoys the experience of the beautiful great staircase of Burlington House when they visit the Royal Academy.
From the Royal Academy’s own collection, this display brings together drawings and images showing the creation the great staircase during Regency London between 1812 and 1818 for the wealthy Lord George Cavendish.
Samuel Ware (1781-1860), Design, as executed, for the great staircase, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London: elevation looking west with sketch of section of handrail added (detail). Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London/Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.
The rich decoration and exquisite details are captured in the architect Samuel Ware’s architectural sketches and in artists’ admiring watercolours. Discover how Ware’s designs for the great staircase emulated the historical character of Burlington House’s roots in a homage to Palladio and the English Palladians.
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm