Burlington House: Home of the Royal Academy of Arts
Author(s): Nicholas Savage
Year published: 2018
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 368
Illustrations: 280 colour illustrations
On Charles II’s restoration to the throne in 1660, four of his supporters were provided with plots of land in a leafy suburb of London, on which to build their extravagant town palaces. The only one to survive – built for the poet and courtier Sir John Denham (1615-1669) and now situated in the heart of Piccadilly – became the home of the Royal Academy of Arts, its exhibitions and its Schools. This important study charts the history of the estate through its many owners, including the 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694-1753), who gave the house not only its name but also its distinctive and influential architecture.
In his day, the house was host to leading scholars and celebrities, who met within Burlington’s cutting-edge creation, which remains an unparalleled example of the Palladian style in England. Nicholas Savage’s meticulous research examines 350 years of social and architectural history, as well as revealing the next phase in the life of the estate, as the Royal Academy opens up Burlington House as never before in an exciting redevelopment led by Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary.