Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Boycott Pavilions

When I think of Eden I think of the magical gardens and follies of Stowe. One of the finest surviving examples of English Baroque splendor of the early 18th century.

The building that I have painted is one of a pair that flanks the entrance road to the estate. The pavilions were originally designed by James Gibbs and one of the two was completed in 1729 with the second being completed in 1734. Originally the pavilions were capped by large obelisks that began just above the four pediments. How incredible they must have appeared! The obelisks were replaced by the dome and cupola as they are shown around 1754 by the Italian architect Giovanni Battista Bora. As much as I love the pavilions in their present state I would have loved seeing the almost surreal appearance of them with the obelisks. I am researching the designs and intend to paint one of the pavilions in it's former state.

If only I had the room and the money to build one of these enchanting pavilions in my backyard.


Rob KJ said...

You have a great gift and I find your subject matter to be of great interest.

If someone was interested in your pieces, would you have any interest in selling them or working on commission?

Please let me know.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful painting of another exquisite folly..... will you be publishing a collection some day? What about American Follies from 18th c through the early 20th c?

Meade Design Group said...

I have to say that your blog is one of my favourites. Every time I stop by I learn something unique and new.

Keep the good work!

ArchitectDesign said...

Michael, I've lost your email address and wanted to invite you to a local blogging event I am hosting. Please contact me if you see this!

columnist said...

It is really stunning architecture. What great work you do!

My Notting Hill said...

Your work is tremendous! Happy to have met you and to have found your blog. Michele

Janet said...

This reminds me so much of the summer house at Paca House in Annapolis.

So lovely to meet you this evening. Nice to put a face with the name!

Michael Hampton said...

Hello Rob KJ,

Thank you so much for your note. All of the paintings that I currently have available are indeed for sale and I would love the opportunity to accept a commission.


Michael Hampton