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Cavendish Square and Spencer House: Neo-classicism, opportunity and nostalgia

Guillery, P; (2015) Cavendish Square and Spencer House: Neo-classicism, opportunity and nostalgia. The Georgian Group Journal , 23 Green open access

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Abstract

The Society of Dilettanti planned a temple-fronted academy of arts on the north side of Cavendish Square in the early 1750s. It can now be shown that stone bought and cut for this building was used in the Green Park elevation of Spencer House (1756–9), shedding new light on design there. The Cavendish Square site stayed empty until speculative pairs of houses were built in 1768–70. Their temple-fronted stone façades, hitherto explained as incorporating stone from the 1750s, must now be understood not as the result of salvage, but as a conscious echo of the abandoned academy project.

Type: Article
Title: Cavendish Square and Spencer House: Neo-classicism, opportunity and nostalgia
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://georgiangroup.org.uk
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School > Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470607
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