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Some Designs Of Mr. Inigo Jones And Mr. Wm. Kent. -

RA Collection: Book

Record number



: Published by John Vardy according to Act of Parliamt., 1744.

Physical Description

[3], 53 pl.; 438 mm.

General Note

Plate 25 is printed from two separate copperplates.


[T.pl.] - [Two engr. leaves, 'Table of the Several Plates' and 'Table Continued', listing 50 pl.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Plates 1-17 are signed as designed by I. Iones and drawn and engraved by I. Vardy. Plates 18-53 are signed as designed by W. Kent and drawn and engraved by I. Vardy - apart from pl. 33, which is unsigned by designer, draughtsman or engraver. The title-plate is signed as designed by W. Kent and drawn and engraved by J. Vardy. The two engraved leaves, 'Table of the Several Plates' are unsigned.


ESTC, T116216
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1629, p.858.
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), no. 881, p.457-8.
J. Archer, Literature of British Domestic Architecture (1985), no. 335.1, p.814-5.
On Jones see G. Higgott, 'Varying with reason: Inigo Jones's theory of design', in Architectural history, 35 (1992), p.51-77.
J. Harris and G. Higgott, Inigo Jones complete architectural drawings (1989).
On Kent see M.I. Wilson, William Kent (1984). On Vardy see R. White 'John Vardy', in The architectural outsiders, ed. R. Brown (1985), p.63-81.

Summary Note

The plates show gates, alcoves, chimneypieces, candlesticks, urns, dishes, porticoes, ceilings, furniture and garden structures. Most are in Palladian or Baroque styles. But Vardy also includes some of Kent's 'Gothic' designs (pl. 31, 32, 48, 49, 51), and these are the earliest printed records of the revived Gothic style, apart from Batty Langley's Gothic Architecture Improved (published in 1741-2). Plates 51-3 are not called for in the 'Table of the Several Plates'. They show Kent's designs for a pulpit in York Minster (pl. 51) and two of his designs for a state barge (pl. 52, 53).


Reproduced online in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). Microfilm version published in 1986 (Woodbridge: CT Research Publications Inc.).

Binding Note

20th-century half red morocco, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, spine lettered 'Designs Of Inigo Jones'.

Name as Subject


Architecture - Architecture details - Interior decoration - Furniture - Great Britain - History - 17th century - 18th century - Baroque - Palladian - Gothic Revival
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Inigo Jones, source artist
William Kent, source artist
John Vardy, draughtsman, engraver, publisher

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