William Kent was the leading English designer during the first half of the 18th century.

Initially a painter, he designed buildings, parks and gardens, furniture and metalwork and even the King's State Barge. This collection of 4 drawings relates to two important commissions: 44 Berkeley Square which is still considered the finest 18th century townhouse in London and 22 Arlington Street designed for the Prime Minister, Henry Pelham. The Berkeley Square drawing shows the pictorial enrichments of the ceiling of the saloon, while the three drawings from Arlington St demonstrate how Kent toyed with Mannerist ideas. The group strongly complements the RIBA’s existing holdings of Kent material including the account books for 22 Arlington St.

Artists include


Private collection, Paris; Picard, Audap, Solenet & Associes avec Patrick Bayser, Paris-Drouot Richelieu, 2001; Lowell Libson.

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