A key figure in the Picturesque movement in landscape design, William Kent had leanings toward the Neoclassical, and a preference for Palladian compositions. And in spite of his dismissal of things Baroque, some of his greatest achievements were executed in this style. The son of a successful joiner from Yorkshire, Kent secured patrons shortly after settling in London and traveled to Rome to study painting. First buying objects and art for patrons, Kent soon secured patrons for much larger projects in architecture and landscape design. Fortunate to have the support of many wealthy landowners, Kent, the polymath, enjoyed successful careers in a number of disciplines including interior decoration, painting, architecture, landscape design, furniture design and even silverware.
William Kent:Designing Georgian Britain
Victoria & Albert Museum.
V&A South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
Until July 13, 2014
And also currently at the V&A...Italian Fashion