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Isaac Ware (1704–1766), and His Daughter Mary

Photo credit: RIBA Collections

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Isaac Ware (1704–1766) was a protégé of Lord Burlington and a leading member of the second generation of Palladian architects who combined elements of the rococo in their work. The architect holds his design for Wrotham Park, Middlesex, made for Admiral John Byng. The girl is almost certainly his youngest daughter Mary, who stayed with him until his death. Isaac Ware's principal works included Chesterfield House, Mayfair (1748–1749) and Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire (1754), while he is most remembered for his publication 'The Complete Body of Architecture' (1756) and his scholarly translation into English of Andrea Palladio’s 'Four Books of Architecture' (1738). Andrea Soldi, though originally from Florence, began his career as a portrait painter working for British merchants in Turkey.

The Royal Institute of British Architects



Isaac Ware (1704–1766), and His Daughter Mary




oil on canvas


H 110 x W 93 cm

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purchased from Mrs Batt, 1947

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