At some time following the second creation of the Dukedom of Montagu in 1766, Montagu Villa had been built on the riverside in Richmond, to the designs of an unknown architect. In 1772 the duke commissioned Robert Adam to make designs for a garden seat for Montagu Villa. Although unexecuted, the design was published in the second volume of The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam (1779), and there is an identical drawing to the published engraving at the V&A Museum. At his death, the duke passed Montagu Villa - along with his entire fortune - to his daughter Elizabeth, 3rd Duchess of Buccleuch. The house was sold in the nineteenth century to Richmond Vestry, and in the 1930s it was bought by Richmond Council and demolished.
R. & J. Adam, The works in architecture of Robert and James Adam, Volume II, 1779, part V, plate viii; A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 26, 81; A. Rowan, Robert Adam: catalogue of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1988, p. 86; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 223; Oxford dictionary of national biography online: 'Montagu, George Brudenell, duke of Montagu (1712-1790)'
Frances Sands, 2013
Sir John Soane's collection includes some 30,000 architectural, design and topographical drawings which is a very important resource for scholars worldwide. His was the first architect’s collection to attempt to preserve the best in design for the architectural profession in the future, and it did so by assembling as exemplars surviving drawings by great Renaissance masters and by the leading architects in Britain in the 17th and 18th centuries and his near contemporaries such as Sir William Chambers, Robert Adam and George Dance the Younger. These drawings sit side by side with 9,000 drawings in Soane’s own hand or those of the pupils in his office, covering his early work as a student, his time in Italy and the drawings produced in the course of his architectural practice from 1780 until the 1830s.
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