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virginia state capitol plaster architectural model

Virginia State Capitol LIMITED EDITION £580      £580.00

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For the design of Virginia's new Capitol, Jefferson drew inspiration from the Maison Carree, the near-perfectly preserved Roman temple in Nimes, France. Although Jefferson had visited the temple and had studied its design in Charles Clerisseau's1778 Antiquities of France, he was first introduced to images of the building in his copy of Palladio's Quattro Libri.

Virginia State Capitol LIMITED EDITION £580

Limited Edition of 200

Where: Richmond, Virginia

Designed by Thomas Jefferson

When: Circa 1788

For the design of Virginia’s new Capitol, Jefferson drew inspiration from the Maison Carree, the near-perfectly preserved Roman temple in Nimes, France.

Although Jefferson had visited the temple and had studied its design in Charles Clerisseau’s 1778 Antiquities of France, he was first introduced to images of the building in his copy of Palladio’s Quattro Libri. With Clerisseau’s assistance, Jefferson produced design drawings for the Capitol which he sent from France to Richmond along with a plaster model crafted by the celebrated French model maker, Jean-Pierre Fouquet. Jefferson’s design substituted the Maison Carree’s Corinthian order with an Ionic order.

Further modifications were made during construction. However, in sitting the Capitol, Jefferson followed Palladio’s dictum for temples which he said should be: “far away from unsavoury areas and on beautiful and ornate squares where many streets end … And if there are hills in the city, one should choose the highest part.”

Dimensions: 9″w x 7″h x 15″d

Weight: 8.5kg

This model is hand made to order and may take 6 weeks to produce. If you require this model urgently please contact the workshop directly.

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