A Pair of George II Gilt-Gesso Mirrors   Attributed to John Vardy

A Pair of George II Gilt-Gesso Mirrors   Attributed to John Vardy

c. 1740 England

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Each with a rectangular bevelled plate headed by a broken pediment centered by an acanthus-clasped
flowerhead cartouche; with a dot-and-dash frame. Both inscribed Red Room and 472; one mirror
plate replaced
John Vardy (February 1718 - May 1765) was an English architect attached to the
Royal Office of Works from 1736. He was a close follower of the Neo-Palladian
architect William Kent. John Vardy was born to a simple working family in Durham.
His early training is obscure. His career at the Office of Works, which demanded most
of his attention throughout his life, began in May 1736, when he was appointed Clerk
of the Works at Greenwich Hospital. He was Clerk of the Works at Hampton Court
Palace, January 1745 to 1746; Clerk of the Works at Whitehall, Palace of
Westminster and St James's Palace, December 1746 to 1754; Kensington Palace, July
1754 to 1761. He also served as Clerk of the Works at Chelsea Hospital and as
Surveyor to the Mint. His relations with William Kent, his senior at the Board of
Works, began about 1736 and remained close. Vardy prepared for publication the
classic of the Palladian revival, Some Designs of Mr. Inigo Jones and Mr. William Kent,
Height 155.00 cm (61.02 inches)
Width 65.00 cm (25.59 inches)
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