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Virtus on Whitehall: the politics of Palladianism in William Kent's Treasury Building, 1733-6

Dodsworth, Francis (2005). Virtus on Whitehall: the politics of Palladianism in William Kent's Treasury Building, 1733-6. Journal of Historical Sociology, 18(4) pp. 282–317.

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Abstract

The development of the modern state in the eighteenth century had a material as well as a socio-political dimension. The 1730s saw the domination of neo-Palladianism in the Office of Works and the establishment of a prominent and permanent administrative centre whose style made an architectural statement about the conduct of Walpole's government. The nature of this statement is only comprehensible when viewed in the context of contemporary political debate. William Kent's Treasury invoked antique Rome in order to emphasise the government's competence and assert the independence of its officers from patronage and their commitment to the common good.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1467-6443
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Sociology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 3253
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2011 12:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/3253
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