Chiswick House and its gardens have broken boundaries in design for centuries.
The house and grounds were created by two Georgian trend setters, the architect and designer William Kent and his friend and patron Lord Burlington, the third Earl. Influenced by their travels on the Grand Tour, they rejected the showy, Baroque style, fashionable in England, in favour of a simpler, symmetrical design based on the classical architecture of Italy. They championed the work of the Venetian architect, Andrea Palladio and Chiswick House was one of the earliest English examples of what is called “neo-Palladian” style.
Chiswick House, built bt 1726 and 1729 is one of the earliest and most important neo-Palladian villas in England.
Designed by Richard Boyle, third Earl of Burlington, with advice from his protégé, the painter, architect and garden designer William Kent, Chiswick House provided an exquisite setting for Burlington’s collection of paintings and architectural drawings, and for the highly select gatherings of his family, friends and cultural circle. Never intended as a private residence, Chiswick House remains a bold architectural experiment, which was to influence the building of Georgian England.