Hendon Hall was a Palladian villa built in the mid-eighteenth century to designs by an unknown architect. During the mid-nineteenth century it was the country residence of the architect Samuel Ware (1781-1860), who largely rebuilt the house. A north wing was added in the last decades of the nineteenth century, and major remodelling was undertaken in the twentieth century, as since 1912 Hendon Hall has served as a hotel. Garrick was never resident at Hendon. He had purchased the property purely as an investment. David Garrick commissioned Robert Adam to undertake work on Hampton House in 1774-77, and it was presumably at around the same time that a design was made for a new picturesque bridge at Hendon. This work was not executed.
There is another drawing for this bridge within the drawings collection at the V&A Museum, London. This was misinscribed by William Adam as being a bridge to cross the River Esk at Dalkeith, Midlothian, but was properly attributed by A.T. Bolton as being a duplicate of the design for Hendon.
A.T. Bolton, The architecture of Robert and James Adam, 1922, Volume II, Index pp. 16, 72; Survey of London, Volume XXXV, 1970, pp. 9-70; A. Rowan, Catalogue of architectural drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum: Robert Adam, 1988, pp. 60-61; J. Ingamells, A dictionary of British and Irish travellers in Italy: 1701-1800, 1997, p. 391; B. Cherry, and N. Pevsner, The buildings of England: London 4: north, 1998, pp. 164-5; H.R. Smith, The story of Garrick and his life at Hampton, 1998, pp. 1-13; D. King, The complete works of Robert & James Adam and unbuilt Adam, 2001, Volume II, p. 219; ‘Garrick, David (1717-1779)’, Oxford dictionary of national biography online
Frances Sands, 2014
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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