Berrington Hall

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Henry Holland, 1745–1806

Herefordshire, UK; 1778–81

Berrington Hall is the very image of an eighteenth-century aristocratic English country house. Its rectangular main block has a projecting portico with four Ionic columns and it looks perfectly Palladian.

The hall’s naturalistic setting is by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, England’s most celebrated landscape gardener. It follows his usual formula of opening up views of rolling farmland and bringing them uninterruptedly right up to the house. People unfamiliar with this style wonder if the landscape has been designed at all, imagining the house to have been placed in a naturally ...

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