York Watergate (2)

I was pleased to have Edward Chaney’s scholarly comments on my blog about York House.   I knew about Balthazar Gerbier’s possible involvement in its design as he described the impatience of the Duke of Buckingham to get going on the renovation of York House in his Discourse concerning the…Principles of Magnificent Building and may well have been an eminence grise in its design, as Summerson long ago suggested.   But I didn’t know that the attribution of the Watergate to Stone was made not by his son Nicholas, another sculptor, but by his nephew Charles Stoakes (or, according to George Vertue, his grand nephew), a jobbing builder who inherited his uncle’s business books and listed ‘Some of the most Eminentt Workes that my Uncle Mr Nikcolas Stone did in England in Holland in Scotland’ which included the attribution of the Watergate.   Since the list was made long after Stone’s death, I can see that inaccuracies may have crept in.

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