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Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture

Notes & Queries: A Symposium in Honour of Richard Hewlings

Chiswick House by Patche99z

Notes & Queries

A Symposium in Honour of Richard Hewlings

co-hosted with the Cambridge Architectural History Seminars



This symposium is organised in honour of Richard Hewlings. Through his work as an Investigator of Historic Buildings at the Department of the Environment (DoE), Inspector of Ancient Monuments for the Historic Building Council (HBC, later English Heritage) and numerous local authorities, longstanding editor of The Georgian Group Journal, and author of over one hundred publications on a staggering range of topics, Richard’s contribution to English architectural scholarship of the Early Modern period has been tremendous and worthy of celebration. His knowledge of post-Medieval English architecture is unrivalled.

This event will host a gathering of scholars whose careers have been inspired by Richard’s work. Through a series of ‘Notes & Queries,’ they will offer new revelations in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British architectural history. It is hoped that this event will mirror Richard’s own approach to our discipline – one that combines deep erudition, serious discussion, and very good humour.


9:30  Welcome coffee in the Howard Drawing Room in the Howard Building, Downing College

10:00  Introduction by Frank Salmon, CSCA Director

10:10   Opening remarks by Matthew Walker

10:30 Session I: Notes & Queries on people

Chaired by Jeremy Musson

  • ‘Chiswick, Burlington, Hewlings, and Architectural Meaning’, by David Hemsoll
  • ‘William Franks: ar[chitect] or ar[miger]?’, by Frank Kelsall
  • ‘The Eighteenth-Century Stone Mason: hidden in plain sight’, by Christine Casey
  • ‘William Thornton: Ledston and Bramham’, by Pete Smith
  • ‘Some Huguenot Surveyors and Cartographers in Hanoverian times from Charleston, South Carolina to London’s Covent Garden  Peter Chassereau (1711-1765). John Rocque (c.1704-1762) and John Palairet (1697-1774)’, by Tessa Murdoch

Chaired discussion

11:30 Coffee and tea break

12:00 Session II: Notes & Queries on paper

Part A: Chaired by Elizabeth Deans 

  • ‘Further Thinking about John Thorpe and Somerset House’, by Manolo Guerci
  • ‘A Source for the River Front of John Webb’s Greenwich Palace’, by Charles Hind
  • ‘‘…built by Turkish Merchants’: a set of drawings for the seventeenth-century Bagnio in Newgate Street, London’, by Olivia Horsfall Turner
  • ‘The Soane Scamozzi: an unpublished English translation and a possible translator’, by Ian Campbell 
  • ‘Bacon’s Mount and the seventeenth-century garden structures of the Inns of Court’, by India Wright

Chaired discussion

13:00 Buffet lunch in the Howard Drawing Room (ground floor)

14:00 Session II: Notes & Queries on paper

Part B: Chaired by Frank Salmon

  • ‘Hawkmoor’s Design for a New Parliament House, c. 1732: new discoveries’, by Anthony Geraghty 
  • ‘Sketching on the Strand: unpublished drawings of Gibbs’s earliest church interior’, by Jeremy Musson and William Aslet
  • ‘Some Chambers’ Chimneypieces’, by Timothy Clifford
  • ‘Thomas Trotter (1756-1803): Engraver turned antiquarian draughtsman’, by David Alexander
  • ‘Richard, Powderham and Saltram’, by Daniel Maudlin

Chaired discussion

15:00 Cofee, tea, and cake break

15:30 Session III: Notes & Queries on buildings 

Part A: Chaired by Jana Schuster

  • ‘New Light on Castle Ashby: placing Balthazar Gerbier in the frame’, by Richard Garnier
  • ‘Rococo Madness at Horton Park’, by Julian Munby
  • ‘Clandon: Was Leoni really responsible?’, by Richard Peats
  • ‘Work in Progress: Clandon Park’s construction and its contractors’, by Sophie Chessum

Chaired discussion

16:15 Comfort break

16:30 Session III: Notes & Queries on Buildings 

Part B: Chaired by Matthew Cooper

  • ‘The York Assembly Rooms: a newly discovered source’, by Alexander Echlin
  • ‘The Ceramic Palace: A Hypothesis for a Mysterious Georgian Masterpiece’, by Max Bryant
  • ‘Lady Harriett’s Ferme Ornée at Rookesbury, Hampshire’, by Rosemary Baird Andreae
  • ‘The Afterlife of the London Pantheon: a Georgian-modernist composite’, by David Adshead

Chaired discussion

Closing Remarks 

17:30 – 19:00 Sparkling wine reception in the Howard Drawing Room (ground floor)

Clandon Park by James Leoni?(Photo: Len Williams)
Thomas Bowles, A View of Somerset House with St Mary le Strand, London (1753)
Saltram House by Robert Adam and others (Photo: J Marriott)


The cost to attend includes entrance, welcome coffee, morning coffee and tea, a buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a sparkling wine reception. This is an in-person event only.

General attendance £50

Student attendance £35

Andrea Palladio, guide to Chiswick by Guelfi
Inigo Jones as Virgil at Chiswick by Guelfi

Practical information


If you are staying overnight in Cambridge and require hotel accommodation, there are two hotels nearby: the Regency Guesthouse, an independent boutique hotel and the University Arms, a luxury hotel located directly across Regent Street from Downing College. There is also the Ibis Hotel at the Cambridge Rail Station, which is about a 15-minute walk to Downing College. Please kindly note that the conference is not holding rooms for attendees.


If you are planning on arriving in Cambridge by car, there are public parking facilities available in Cambridge. Click here for more information. Please note that unless you are a member of Downing College, no parking is available on site. 

Ceiling from Pottergate from 'A Palmyra Ceiling in Lincoln' in Architectural History (1988).