Inigo Jones

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Inigo Jones
BirthplaceLondon, England, UK

Jones, Inigo

(ĭn`ĭgō'), 1573–1652, one of England's first great architects. Son of a London clothmaker, he was enabled to travel in Europe before 1603 to study paintings, perhaps at the expense of the earl of Rutland. On a second trip to Italy (1613–14) he thoroughly studied the remains of Roman architecture and the Renaissance buildings by Palladio. At the English courts of both James I and Charles I he designed settings for elaborate masquesmasque,
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, some of which he wrote. Besides performing various architectural services for the crown, he was also sponsored by the earl of Arundel. After renewed visits to Italy, Jones became (1615) king's surveyor of the works. In 1616 he began work on the Queen's House, Greenwich, the first English design to embody Palladian principles. He then built (1619–22) the royal Banqueting House in Whitehall, London, again adapting the classical proportions and use of architectural elements he had learned in Italy. He also made designs for St. Paul's church, Covent Garden, and its square (1631–38). He built other houses in London and in the country; especially outstanding is his advisory work on Wilton House, Wiltshire (built 1649–53). Making a clean break from the prevailing Jacobean style, he achieved a magnificent coherence of design. The work of Inigo Jones marked a starting point for the classical architecture of the late Renaissance and Georgian periods in England.


See study by S. Orgel and R. Strong (2 vol., 1973).

Jones, Inigo

London-born Royal Architect who introduced the Palladian style to Jacobean England and started the Palladian revival. He worked on Old St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (1631 1671), adding Classical elements showing the power and scale of Roman architecture, which paved the way for Sir Christopher Wren when he began rebuilding the cathedral.

Jones, Inigo


Born July 15, 1573, in London; died there June 21, 1652. English architect.

Jones studied architecture in Italy and France from 1596 to 1614. He supervised the construction of royal buildings from 1615 to 1643. A follower of Palladio, he wrote a commentary (published in 1715) on his treatise. Jones sought to eliminate medieval vestiges from English architecture and to introduce principles of classical architecture (for example, clarity of composition and nobility of proportion). He drew up a plan for a palace complex at Whitehall, London, but only the Banqueting Hall (1619-23) was built. Examples of his architecture are the Queen’s House at Greenwich (1616-35), the central part of the palace of Cobham Hall (Kent, 1620), and the entire palace of Wilton House (Wiltshire, c. 1649-52). Jones also worked as a theatrical designer.


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Other illustrations are limited to eight pages at the center of the volume, which include selections of printed and manuscript music, illustrations from dance manuals, and sketches showing the placement of the musicians for The Triumph of Peace as well as the usual Inigo Jones costume designs and backdrops.
The first was characterized by the energetic patronage of Queen Anne and Prince Henry, nurturing the artistic collaboration and fruitful rivalry of Ben Jonson, Inigo Jones and Samuel Daniel.
In a flap: Flag won't fly at Caernarfon castle (above left) but already is at nearby Inigo Jones (above right) Wave of support: Caernarfonshire Association chairman Gwyndaf Parri with his flag at the Black Boy pub
Inigo Jones, though obscure in his biographical details, lies like a clasp upon that historic knot in English history when the religion, constitution, and building style of the country were all being decided.
A group of academics, including architect Inigo Jones, poet John Donne and dramatist Ben Jonson, made up the core of an elite band of men who became known as the Polesworth Circle.
Compared with Christopher Wren, Inigo Jones has been ill-served by historians and, until 2007, the standards were John Summerson's excellent if now old-fashioned life of 1966 and the irreplaceable 1989 catalogue raisonnee of the architectural drawings by John Harris and Gordon Higgott.
The 12-mile LOn Eifion is also well worth exploring as it runs from Caernarfon to Bryncir alongside the Welsh Highland Steam Railway and also takes in the Inigo Jones Slate Works and Museum and some fantastic views of Snowdonia.
HUNGERFORD trainer Gary Brown was forced to eat a slice of humble pie as far as the handicapper is concerned after Inigo Jones clocked up a hat-trick of recent wins with victory in the two-mile handicap chase.
The famous rivalry between Inigo Jones and Ben Jonson, Schuchard writes, was not only "the jealous hostility of two egocentric and autocratic personalities, but it also reflected a growing estrangement between two cultures in Great Britain--the radical Protestant devotion to the word and the conservative Stuart devotion to the image" (415).
Inigo Jones is undoubtedly a fascinating historical figure.
A book like Professor Astington's usefully invites us to consider a whole other area of performance and of performance aesthetic, and to think beyond Inigo Jones and Ben Jonson.
She looked in need of the run, finishing sixth of 12 to Rain In Spain and is preferred to the consistent Inigo Jones.