Inigo Jones (Hardcover)

The Architect of Kings

By Vaughan Hart

Paul Mellon Centre BA, 9780300141498, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

List Price: 45.00*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Inigo Jones (1573-1652) is widely acknowledged to have been England's most important architect. As court designer to the Stuart kings James I and Charles I, he is credited with introducing the classical language of architecture to the country. He famously traveled to Italy and studied firsthand the buildings of the Italian masters, particularly admiring those by Andrea Palladio. 

Much less well known is the profound influence of native British arts and crafts on Jones's architecture. Likewise, his hostility to the more opulent forms of Italian architecture he saw on his travels has largely gone unnoted. This book examines both of these overlooked issues. Vaughan Hart identifies well-established links between the classical column and the crown prior to Jones, in early Stuart masques, processions, heraldry, paintings, and poems. He goes on to discuss Jones's preference for a "masculine and unaffected" architecture, demonstrating that this plain style was consistent with the Puritan artistic sensitivities of Stuart England. For the first time, the work of Inigo Jones is understood in its national religious and political context.

About the Author

Vaughan Hart is professor of architecture in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bath University.

Praise For Inigo Jones: The Architect of Kings

Shortlisted for the William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History, as given by the Berger Collection Educational Trust and The British Art Journal

— William M. B. Berger Prize

Shortlisted for the 2013 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the Pre-1800 category, given by the Historians of British Art.

— 2013 Historians of British Art Short List in the Pre-1800 category

Shortlisted for the 2013 Art Book Prize administered by the Authors' Club.

— Art Book Prize