Revett, Nicholas (1720-1804)
Nicholas Revett (1720-1804) was a Suffolk gentleman and amateur architect and artist. He is best known for his famous work with James Stuart (1713-1788) documenting the ruins of ancient Athens. Its illustrations compose 5 folio volumes and include 368 etched and engraved plates, plans, and maps drawn at scale. They were the first of their kind in studies of ancient Greece. Revett designed two Greek additions to English country houses, Standlynch Park and West Wycombe Park. These projects arguably commenced the British “Greek Revivalist” period in architecture from the 1760s. Standlynch Park in Wiltshire, now known as Trafalgar Park, was the home of Henry Dawkins, brother of Revett’s friend and fellow explorer James Dawkins; and West Wycombe Park in Buckinghamshire, was the home of Sir Francis Dashwood. Both owners were members of the Society of Dilettante.
Prints from this publication are quite rare