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Finished drawing for a Gothic pavilion, 1778, unexecuted (1)


Bolton suggests that this ‘strange pavilion design’ may in fact be a measured drawing of a pre-existing building on the Mistley Estate, of which there is evidence. On 2 August 1750, Walpole gives a detailed account to Horace Mann of the folly buildings dispersed through Mistley’s grounds, recording that the ‘temples, bridges etc. are generally Gothic or Chinese, and give a whimsical air of novelty that is very pleasing’.



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