By Susan Jenkins

as soon as defined as 'England's Apollo' James Brydges, first Duke of Chandos (1674-1744) used to be an excellent shopper of the humanities through the first half the eighteenth century. Having received nice wealth and impact as Paymaster-General of Queen Anne's forces overseas, Chandos commissioned paintings from prime artists, architects, poets and composers together with Godfrey Kneller, William Talman, Sir John Vanbrugh, Sir James Thornhill, John homosexual and George Frederick Handel. regardless of his institutions with such popular figures, Chandos quickly received a name for tasteless extravagance. This popularity used to be now not helped via the ebook in 1731 of Alexander Pope's poem 'Of flavor' which used to be largely considered as a satire upon Chandos and Cannons, the recent apartment he used to be development close to Edgware. The poem destroyed Chandos's acceptance as a consumer of the humanities and ensured that he used to be remembered as a guy missing in style. but, as this booklet exhibits, this kind of judgement is evidently unfair while the Duke's patronage is taken into account in additional intensity and understood in the inventive context of his age. by means of investigating the patronage and collections of the Duke, via an exam of documentary assets and modern debts, it really is attainable to color a really diverse photo of the guy. instead of the epitome of undesirable flavor defined via his enemies, it really is transparent that Chandos used to be an enlightened consumer who embraced new principles, and strove to set up a style for the Palladian in England, which used to be to outline the Georgian era.

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