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Book - Vitruvius Britannicus; or, The British architect

Vitruvius Britannicus; or, The British architect

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    [1731?] (published)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 54, case 3

Place of Origin

London (published)


[1731?] (published)

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Book, '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...', by Colen Campbell, published [London] : [The author], [1731?]

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VITRUVIUS BRITANNICUS or, The British architect…Colen Campbell, 1731

This was the first architectural book to show modern British buildings. It was published in 1715 by Colen Campbell, an architect and pioneer of the Palladian style. He included illustrations of his own buildings and turned his book into a plea for the 'antique simplicity' of Palladianism.

Illustrated with engravings
By Colen Campbell (born in 1676, died in London, 1729); published by the author in London
Museum no L.4058-1961


National Art Library; British Galleries; Books


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