Burlington House

I have found it harder than I expected to find a nineteenth-century photograph of the façade of Burlington House after Sydney Smirke had raised its height to add the extra diploma galleries on the leven above William Kent’s enfilade of rooms on the first floor.   Smirke has had a bad press for adapting the eighteenth-century façade, designed by Colen Campbell, presumably under the eagle supervision of the third Earl, but surviving photographs of the façade pre-1868 show an oddly undistinguished building which Smirke enriched with height, statuary and flanking Venetian windows.

Anyway, today, by chance, I walked into the courtyard and found it unusually empty and the façade bannerless, so have recorded it as it would have been, more or less, in 1868:-



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