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Gansel’s Leyton Grange can be compared with Chiswick House which was also designed by its owner.  Unlike the Grange, Chiswick House has survived and is in the care of English Heritage (my photo below).  

Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington was born in 1694.  In 1714 and 1715 he travelled through the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, buying works of art and the services of artists.  He admired Colen Campbell’s book of designs ‘Vitruvius Britannicus’ and its espousal of a more restrained architecture than the Baroque style. (Leyton Grange is illustrated in ‘Vitruvius Britannicus’ and Gansel was a subscriber to that publication.)  Burlington was inspired to design buildings himself, including Chiswick House which was built between 1726 and 1729.  

Chiswick House

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The elegant house of Leyton Grange

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