Anecdotes of Painting in England: With Some Account of the Principal Artists - Vol. 2

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JOHN WEBB,

a name well known as a scholar of Inigo Jones, and yet I cannot find any particulars of his life. 1 He built the seat of Lord Mountford, at Horseheath, in Cambridgeshire, and added the portico to the Vine in Hampshire, for Chaloner Chute, Speaker to Richard Cromwell's Parliament, and now belonging to his descendant, John Chute, Esq. Ambresbury, in Wiltshire, was executed by him from the designs of his master. Mr. Talman had a quarto volume, containing drawings in Indian ink of capitals and other ornaments in architecture, which Webb had executed in several houses. The frontispiece (containing architecture and figures) to Walton's Polyglot Bible, was designed by Webb, and etched by Hollar. Vertue says, that Mr. Mills, one of the four surveyors appointed after the fire of London, built the large houses in Queen-street, Lincoln's-inn-fields; but this must be a mistake, as we have seen in the preceding volume, that Gerbier, a contemporary and rival, ascribed them to Webb. Gerbier's own scholar was


CAPTAIN WILLIAM WINDE,

who was born at Bergen-op-Zoom. His performances were, the house at Cliefden, 2 the Duke of Newcastle's, in Lincoln's-inn-fields, Coomb-abbey, for Lord Craven, and he finished Hempstead Marshal 3 for the same peer, which had been begun by his master, and in the plans of which he made several alterations. In his son's sale of drawings and prints in 1741, were several of the father's designs for

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He married a niece of Inigo Jones, and left a son named James, who lived at Butleigh, in Somersetshire. The father died in 1672, aged sixty-one.

He was himself the nephew, and married the only daughter of Inigo Jones. He erected the east side of the court of Greenwich Hospital from a design of that architect. Lysons.—D.

2
Brian Fairfax, in the life of the second Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. "He fell into a new way of expense in building in that sort of architecture which Cicero calls insanœ substructiones; and himself, while his friends dissuaded him from it, called it his folly. This was Cliefden House, Buckinghamshire, in which he resided, but did not finish.” It was entirely destroyed by fire in 1795.—D.
3
Hempsted Marshal, planned and nearly finished by Balthazar Gerbier, was totally consumed by fire in 1718.—D.

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