Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington


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Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington, emerged as the leader of the second triumvirate to dominate English architecture in the eighteenth century.  Walpole, in his Anecdotes of Painting, described Boyle as "the Apollo of Arts" and Kent as his "proper priest."  He was a close friend of Alexander Pope, whose "Epistle to Burlington" acknowledges his great taste in both architecture and landscape design.

The Neo-Palladian School dominated by Boyle was guided by three masters:

Chiswich House, London (1725): Bi-lateral Symmetry with a Vengeance!

Chiswick Gardens

The landscaping around Chiswick House stands in stark contrast to the severe neoclassicism of the home's architecture.  A cascade, several temple follies, and a Palladian bridge mark Chiswick's grounds as transitional landscape designs heavily influenced by Alexander Pope, whom Burlington consulted for guidance.

The Avenue:

The Cascade & Rustic Bridge


Ornamental Column

Doric Arch

Modern Formal Garden and Pavilion

Modern Formal Garden



Ionic Temple


Ionic Temple and Obelisk


Ionic Temple (rear)

Palladian Bridge


Rustic Bridge






Garden Statues