The First Essay of My Invention

Elevation of a design in the style of Inigo Jones by Colen Campbell, for John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, <em>Vitruvius Britannicus</em>, Volume I (1717), Plate 20.
Elevation of a design in the style of Inigo Jones by Colen Campbell, for John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Vitruvius Britannicus, Volume I (1717), Plate 20.
Plan of a design in the style of Inigo Jones by Colen Campbell, for John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Vitruvius Britannicus, Volume I (1717), Plate 19.
Plan of a design in the style of Inigo Jones by Colen Campbell, for John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll, Vitruvius Britannicus, Volume I (1717), Plate 19.

I Have inscrib’d this Design to this illustrious Name, whose great Actions have filled the World with Surprize and Admiration; Ramellies and Tanniers are immortal. And as it’s my greatest Honour to receive my Blood from his August House, I thought I could no where so properly consecrate the first Essay of my Invention, as an eternal Monument of the deepest Respect and Gratitude. I have given two Plates: In the first are two Plans in a Square of 112 Foot; the Apartments of State are below, raised from the Court by 6 Steps which leads into the great Hall, making a Cube of 50 Foot, and has a Poggio within dividing the two Stories; from the Hall you enter the Salon, attended with two noble Apartments of State fronting the Gardens; all the Rooms are either upon the Square, the Diagonal, or other Proportions universally received: In the second Story is a large Library, an Antichamber of each side, with double Apartments; over which are Mezonins, for accommodating the Family, illuminated by low Laterns from the Leads, whereby the Majesty of the Front is preserved from the ill Effect of crowded Apertures. The second is the Front, raised from the Plinth which supports the Rusticks, adorned with a Composite Order of ¼ Columns, with a regular Entablature and Ballustrade; the Windows are dress’d in the Palladian manner: And I have endeavoured to reconcile the Beauty of an Arcade in the ancient Buildings with the Conveniency of the Moderns, but must leave it to others to judge the Success. Anno 1714. Description of “A new Design for the Duke of Argyle” by Colen Campbell, Esq., Vitruvius Britannicus; or, The British architect, containing the plans, elevations, and sections of the regular buildings, both publick and private in Great Britain, with variety of new designs, Volume I (1717).

An original of Plate 19 from Vitruvius Britannicus, Volume I, hangs in my study.
An original of Plate 19 from Vitruvius Britannicus, Volume I, hangs in my study.

Curator: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

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