Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (NC 353)

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (NC 353)

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A view of Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, from the gardens. This was a difficult building to draw (and paint) since there are so many windows – ‘more glass than wall’ as the well known saying goes. Way ahead of it’s time for a Tudor building, it was built near the Old Hall for the formidable Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury, in the 1590’s. The architect was Robert Smythson who was influenced by the Renaissance architecture of Italy at a time when it became unnecessary to fortify domestic dwellings of this size.

watercolour

£365