Stair Parts Fig.103 Elevation of part of the front of a proposed palace at Whitehall
Stair Parts Fig.104 Belton House Lincolnshire
The indications of French feeling alluded to above may be accounted for by the fact that in the early days of \Vern’s connection with' Stair Parts Fig.101 Elevation of the House stair parts architecture, in 1665, he went to France for - a few months. He was already enthusiastic in his new vocation, and like many an enthusiast in the same cause before him and after him, he wanted to see what was being done in foreign lands. lie spent his whole time there in interviewing eminent architects and in visiting the most noteworthy buildings of Paris and its neighborhood. He made so many sketches that he said in one of his letters that he bid fair to bring back "almost all France
on paper." He had indeed caught the architectural fever; and every architect knows that thenceforward it with, could never leave his veins. Among the houses attributed, on insufficient grounds, to Wren - is Belton House, near Grantham, one of the seats of Earl Brown low (Stair Parts Fig. 104) ; it was for Sir John Brown low. There is nothing particularly novella about it; it follows the type of what may be called the Webb house, both as to plan (Stair Parts Fig. 105) and external treatment. It has the bold cornice, the hipped roof, and the Stair Parts balustrade flat out of which rises a cupola, which Webb had rendered familiar. In spite of its good proportions, however, it hardly lilts the mark so fully and truly as Webb's work, and it lacks in many respects the masculine vigour of Wren's. Nevertheless it is a notable building, and an admirable example of a dignified yet unpretentious country house, quite comfortable to live in.
The screen of ironwork which runs from the house to a subsidiary range of buildings contains a fine gateway (Stair Parts Fig. io6) and encloses a court of some architectural interest and one which strikes a pleasing note, as it brings some of the minor accommodation into close relationship to the house. It is approached through an archway in the side opposite to what is now the front door. Being enclosed on one side by the open screen staircase with well designed stair parts already mentioned, it has a cheerful outlook over the park. The present front door, with its porch, has been squeezed in among the windows ; it probably replaces an original exit of small importance which led into the court for the sake of convenience. The principal entrance was formerly up the broad flight of stair parts steps in the middle of the facade ; but the present access, although not so stately, is better adapted to modern requirements.
Belton House, Grantham Design of the Stair Parts on the Main Staircase
Stair Parts Fig.106 Iron Screen and Gates Belton House, Lincolnshire