A small brick house with stone dressing was built at Goodwood in 1720 for the 2nd Duke. A south wing was added, probably by Matthew Brettingham (1699-1769) in c1750, and this was enlarged by Sir William Chambers (1722-96) in 1757-60 (Chambers also built the stables and dower house). The whole was balanced by the addition of a north wing by James Wyatt (1746-1813) in the 1790s. Wyatt’s work was halted by the death of the 3rd Duke in 1806, and is thought to have been completed by John Nash (1752-1835). Part of Wyatt’s wing was demolished in the 1960s owing to dry rot. In 1724, presumably as a result of the gradual evolution of the house, Colen Campbell (1676-1729) made an unexecuted design for an entirely new house (included in the third volume of Vitruvius Britannicus, 1725). This was later followed in the 1760s by Adam’s designs for a new house at Goodwood, also unexecuted.
Goodwood remains in the possession of the Lennox family, being the home of the Earl and Countess of March. The house is open to the public.
C. Campbell, Vitruvius Britannicus III, 1725, pls 51-54; A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume I, pp. 45-46, Volume II, Index p. 15; I. Nairn, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: Sussex, 1965, pp. 227-28; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, pp. 80, 126
Frances Sands, 2011
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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Contents of Goodwood, West Sussex: unexecuted designs for a new house and a chimneypiece for the drawing room for the 3rd Duke of Richmond, 1763-65 (5)
- Preliminary design and finished drawings for a house, 1763-65, unexecuted (3)
- Designs for a chimneypiece for the drawing room, 1765, unexecuted (2)