Wellington College

John Shaw, Junior (1803-70)

1856-59

Sandhurst

  • Courtyard
  • Façade and Pediment
  • J. Mordaunt Crook credits the younger Shaw with being one of the first to turn back to the work of Sir Christopher Wren: "Back in the 1850s Wren had already been revived at John Shaw's Wellington College, Berkshire (1856-59). But on that occasion Hampton Court had been heavily diluted by the influence of the New Louvre" (Dilemma of Style, 209). Henry Russell Hitchcock comments that at about the same time that the novelist Thackeray designed for himself a house that echoed the "modest red-brick manor houses of the time of Queen Anne . . . .Wellington College by John Shaw (1803-70), which was begun in 1856, was reaching completion in a much richer, almost Second Empire, version of the Wren style of 1700" (Architecture, 208). [GPL]

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