Inigo Jones

I strolled in to the Charles I exhibition and was struck by the inscription on the very first exhibit, which is a pen and ink drawing of Inigo Jones by Van Dyck. The inscription states that it is ‘Vandyke’s original Drawing, from which the Print by Van. Voerst was taken, in the Book of Vandyke’s Heads. Given me by the Duke of Devonshire’. Signed ‘Burlington’. It has always been known that the third Earl of Burlington was as keen on the work of Inigo Jones as he was on Palladio (there is a statue of Inigo Jones outside Chiswick House), but there is something touching about the Earl himself hand writing (I assume it’s his hand) such a carefully worded inscription to the drawing given him by, apparently, the third Duke, although subsequently inherited by the fourth Duke, who married Burlington’s daughter, Charlotte.

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2 thoughts on “Inigo Jones

  1. Leslie Hills says:

    I am very much looking forward to this exhibition when I am in London near the end of March. Reading Stuart Kelly’s forthcoming “The Minister and the Murderer” I am minded of the profound effect Charles I, born Scottish to a Scottish/French father, had on the politics of Scotland by his attempt to impose the English Book of Common Prayer on a Church which held the Book ie the Bible to be paramount and had instituted strict equality before God – and the necessary education in every parish so that a literate population could avail itself of the Book. The National Covenant was the result. It was signed by 60% of the adult population and was a profoundly political document. It bound the Church of Scotland to support the King as long as he supported their reformed church against superstitious and papistical rites. The Scots were outraged at his execution which had been perpetrated without reference to them and their consciences told them that same Covenant bound them to oppose the protectorate. A promise is a promise. Cromwell made them pay for it. And though they crowned Charles II before the English, when a pamphlet, Lex Rex by one of the foremost theologians of the time, claimed that the king was not above the law, Charles sent Claverhouse north. The bloody ensuing years are still referred to as the Killing Times. I could go on. But I’m sure I’ll enjoy the exhibition.

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