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Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726), Architect and dramatist
Sitter in 11 portraits
John Vanbrugh was a playwright, architect, soldier and garden designer. His landscapes at Stowe House, Claremont and Castle Howard combined the straight lines and geometrical flowerbeds of seventeenth-century garden design with new experiments in open views. An accomplished architect, Vanbrugh included temples, monuments and mausoleums in his gardens, many of which were based on Greek and Roman prototypes.