Corsham Court, Wiltshire: Elevation of the North Front
- Additional Title(s):
Verso: Sketches for Windows of Corsham Court
- ca. 1797
- Watercolor and graphite with pen and black ink on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
- Sheet: 7 9/16 × 14 3/8 inches (19.2 × 36.5 cm)
Inscribed in graphite, lower center: "Corsham"; inscribed on verso in pen and brown ink, center: "North front No. 1"
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
- Prints and Drawings
- Subject Terms:
- architectural subject | buttresses, flying | chimneys | country house | crenelations | cupolas | house | spires | towers | weathervanes | windows
- Associated Places:
- Corsham | England | Europe | United Kingdom | Wiltshire
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John Nash, 1752–1835, British, Corsham Court, Wiltshire: Elevation of the North Front, ca. 1797
In 1796, Paul Cobb Methuen commissioned John Nash to make alterations to Corsham Court, Wiltshire. Methuen’s Elizabethan mansion sat within a park designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown and was in the process of being completely remodeled by Humphrey Repton. Nash drastically altered and expanded the building. This elevation shows the executed design for a new north front, having an expansive Gothic stone facade ornamented with crenellations and towers capped with ogival domes. The center of the elevation is punctuated by large projecting bays crowned with flying buttresses linking tall turrets to a hexagonal upper story. This prominent feature evokes Henry VI’s Chapel at Westminster Abbey and behind it lay the impressive Saloon, measuring 40 feet in diameter, lit by the large traceried windows. Nash’s building work at Corsham Court was completed in 1798 but was largely replaced by T. Bellamy’s alterations in the mid-nineteenth century. n Madeleine Helmer, 2014
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