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The Designs Of Inigo Jones, Consisting of Plans and Elevations For Publick and Private Buildings. Published by William Kent, With some Additional Designs. The First Volume. (Second Volume.)

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[London:]: M.DCC.XXVII.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 447 mm. (Broadsheet.)

General Note

Vol. I: [16] p., frontis., 73 [i.e. 51] pl. (12 dble. or fold.). The double plates, though printed from one copper, are assigned two numbers. These are: pl. 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 14/15, 16/17, 20/21, 22/23, 28/29, 30/31.32/33, 34/35, 36/37, 40/41, 42/43, 46/47. Of these double plates the following are pasted together to form one large sheet: pl. 7/8 with 9/10, 14/15 with 16/17, 20/21 with 22/23, 28/29 with 30/31, 40/41 with 42/43. - Vol. II: [8] p., 63 [i.e. 46] pl. (17 dble). Again, the double plates are assigned two plate-numbers, viz. pl. 2/3, 25/6, 28/9, 31/2, 33/4, 35/6, 37/8, 39/40, 41/2, 44/5, 47/8, 49/50, 52/3, 55/6, 57/8, 60/1, 62/3.


Vol. I: [Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Advertisement - A Table of the Plates contained in the First Volume [listing pl. 1-73] - [Plates]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - A Table of the Plates contained in the Second Volume - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

In Volume I the frontispiece is signed as designed by W. Kent and engraved by B. Baron. The numbered plates are all signed by the source artist I. Jones (except that pl. 59, 66 are not signed by a souce artist, pl. 63-65, 67-69 are signed by the souce artist W. Kent, and pl. 70-73 are signed by the source artist Burlington); all are signed as drawn by H. Flitcroft (except that pl. 70, 71, 73 are unsigned by a draughtsman, and pl. 49, 72 are signed as drawn by W. Kent); most are signed as engraved by H. Hulsbergh, but several as engraved by P. Fourdrinier and some as engraved by J. Cole or Herisset.

In Volume II all plates are signed by the source artist I. Jones (except pl. 10-12 and 51 as by Burlington, and pl. 57/8-62/63 as by Palladio); all are signed as drawn by H. Flitcroft, and as engraved by H. Hulsbergh (except pl. 49/50, 52/3, which are signed as engraved by J. Cole).

Title-page vignettes, headpieces, tailpieces and decorated initials are either unsigned or signed as drawn by W.Kent and engraved by P. Fourdrinier.


ESTC, T31727
Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1624, p. 854-5.
E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 385.
J. Archer, Literature of British domestic architecture (1985), 166.1.
A. Cerrutti-Fusco, Inigo Jones, Vitruvius Britannicus: Jones e Palladio nella cultura architettonica inglese, 1600-1740 (1985).
J. Harris and G. Higgott, Inigo Jones: complete architectural drawings [exhibition catalogue] (1989).
M. Whinney, 'John Webb's drawings for Whitehall Palace', in Walpole Society, 31 (1942-3), p.45-107.
A study of British Palladianism was J. Harris, The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, his villa and garden at Chiswick [Royal Academy exhibition catalogue] (1994).

Summary Note

Prepared by Kent and funded by Lord Burlington, this celebration of the work of Inigo Jones was intended to keep Palladianism in the eye of the British public. The designs are in fact as much by John Webb as by Jones (as Kent acknowledges in his 'Advertisement'); and the designs for Whitehall Palace have been put together from many isolated drawings ('nor', declared Horace Walpole, 'could such a source of invention and taste as the mind of Inigo ever produce so much sameness'). Kent takes the opportunity to associate a few of his own designs with those of the better-known Palladians (just as in 1726 Leoni had associated his own designs with those of Alberti).

In Volume I most plates show plans, elevations, sections and details of Whitehall palace; some include designs by Jones or Webb for windows, doors and furnishings. These are supplemented by a few designs by Burlington (pl. 59, rustic gates; 70-73, Chiswick House) and by Kent (pl. 63-65, chimneypieces; 67-69, room interiors and a ceiling). In Volume II 47 plates show designs attributed to Jones, ranging from a small country-house (pl.1) to a palace (pl. 37-43), and a plan and elevation of his portico for old St. Paul's (pl. 54-56). A few designs by Burlington are included (pl. 10-12, house designs; 51-53, the dormitory of Westminster School); and Jones's design for the west of St. Paul's is juxtaposed with Palladio's designs for San Giorgio, Venice (57-63, plan, elevation and sections). The title-page vignette (repeated in both volumes) incorporates a portrait of Jones.


The title-page is inscribed in ink, 'Wright & Mansfield'. Presented by E.P. W. Cooper Esq. from the Library of Sir Edwin Cooper RA, 1961.

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks the half-title and frontispiece of Volume I. In Vol. I. between plates 52 and 53 2 leaves have been bound in, one carrying a tipped in view captioned above 'The Royal Banqueting House At White Hall' (unsigned, undated) and below with a five-line engraved description, the other carrying two tipped-in coloured views, one captioned 'Whitehall Chapel', the other, 'The Banqueting House'. Cuttings about Jones or architecture are pasted in on a preliminary leaf and on three leaves at the end.

Binding Note

The two volumes are bound in one. 20th-century quarter calf, brown cloth-covered boards; red morocco spine label lettered 'Inigo Jones' Designs', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1727'.

Name as Subject


Architecture, British - Architecture details - Public buildings - Palaces - Houses - Great Britain - History - 17th century - 18th century - Palladian
Plans - Elevations - Sections - Great Britain - 17th century - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Inigo Jones, source artist
William Kent, source artist, draughtsman, publisher
Bernard Baron, engraver
Paul Fourdrinier, engraver
Henry Flitcroft, draughtsman
Henry Hulsbergh, engraver
Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington, source artist
James Cole, engraver
Antoine Hérisset, engraver
Andrea Palladio, source artist
John Webb, source artist

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