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Preliminary design for the interior of a temple, 1772, executed with minor alterations (1)


The Temple of Victory, a small circular, Ionic, monopteral, domed structure was built in c1771-73 on the top of a hill. Like the bridge at Audley End, this too had been suggested by Capability Brown. It is located within the Warren Ring, an Iron Age hill fort, and according to Pevsner it is built on the site of a seventeenth-century belvedere or hunting tower. It was dedicated - albeit a little late - to the victorious outcome of the Seven Years War in 1763. The only surviving drawing for the exterior of the temple is at the house. There is also a drawing for the interior door entablature, and for the pedestals, at the house.



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