Saumarez Smith, Charles
The building of Castle Howard.
London, Faber & Faber 1990.
4to. xviii + 221 + (1)pp, 53 photo plates. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Gavin Stamp’s copy, with his booklabel.
The particular merit of this study of the building of Castle Howard, the great early eighteenth-century country house designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, is that the central figure in the narrative, as is fitting, is not Vanbrugh but Lord Carlisle, enabling the author to explore Carlisle’s intentions in relation both to the house and to the adjacent mausoleum designed by Hawksmoor.