Sir William Chambers (2)

The image which stocks in my mind from the Chambers conference is one from the Yale Center for British Art of Somerset House by Jean Louis Desprez:-

Desprez was a French neoclassical architect who was employed by Gustav III as a scene painter for the newly established Stockholm opera house. It shows so clearly how Chambers envisaged Somerset House as having a monumental presence on the river, now hard to appreciate since the construction of the Embankment.

We should treasure Somerset House instead of allowing Make to construct a monster new development on the other side of the river, as if the French allowed a version of La Defence on the banks of the Seine opposite the Louvre.


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