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Taymouth Castle, Kenmore, Perthshire: unexecuted designs for the interiors, for Lord Breadalbane, 1808 -1809 (17)

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The new Taymouth Castle was designed by Archibald Elliot (1761-1823) with his brother James Elliot (died 1810) from 1806 to 1810. (See H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of Brtish architects1600-1840, 2008. p.351). Their work included extravagant interiors.

Soane had carried out some minor alteratiions to Lord Bredelbane's house in Park Lane in 1802-3. It is not clear why he was comissioned in 1808 to design the interiors at Taymouth Castle, in any case they were not executed and he had to wait ten years before being paid his fee of £105. (Information from Taymouth Castle file, Soane Museum)

Jill Lever
March 2017

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