Wotton, Bucks. (1739-1761)

Wotton is a true evocation of Arcadia. Brown’s hand is ever-present yet, and perhaps this is appropriate in such a magical landscape, we have no clear record of what he did. The design might be his, but it is always possible to say of a work so early in his canon that here he learnt from his client, from the architect, Sanderson Miller, and from the Great Commoner, William Pitt, the tricks that he was to develop and deploy so effectively in his later designs. Whichever way one concludes however, Wotton is the finest example of the uses of geometry in design and this is the tradition in which Brown was well-versed and which we must understand if we are to understand the progress of his career.

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