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Inigo Jones on Stonehenge

Architectural Representation, Memory and Narrative
In the autumn of 1620, King James I (1566-1625) stayed at Wilton with the Earl of Pembroke. During his stay, he sent his court architect Inigo Jones (1573-1652) to the nearby prehistoric ruins of Stonehenge, with the aim of demonstrating that these were the remains of a temple built by the Romans during their occupation of England. His visit resulted in a description, measurements and drawings of Stonehenge as Jones had found it, and a reconstruction on paper. In doing so, he produced the first monographic study of a building constructed on English soil. John Shute and Sir Henry Wotton had preceded him in publishing a treatise on architectural theory, but the first attempts at writing a history of English architecture were only made at the end of the 17th century by the antiquarian John Aubrey and the mathematician turned architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Author:Caroline van Eck

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