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In Vanbrugh's last houses, done, apparently, without hawksmoor's help, he was obsessed more and more by the idea of pure mass-relationship as the grand means of effect, with classical elements thrust into the composition at points where they would strike the most telling and even bizarre notes. At Eastbury, Seaton Delaval, and Grimsthrope he used, on a great scale, the rusticated Doric which we meet first in the enties to the Blemhein courtyards--a Doric with ringed shafts in the manner of de Brosse at the Luxembourg. ...at Grimsthrope, pairs of them frame the arcuated centre-piece of the house...
John Summerson, Architecture in Britain 1530 to 1830 (1954), pp. 172-4.




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