Ware, Isaac

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Ware, Isaac (1704–66). English architect. Apprenticed to Ripley, he later became under Burlington's aegis an able devotee of Palladianism. He published Designs of Inigo Jones and Others (1731 and 1743— which included many drawings from Burlington's collection), The Plans, Elevations, and Sections of Houghton in Norfolk (1735), and the celebrated scholarly translation (and immaculate edition) of Palladio's Four Books of Architecture, dedicated to Burlington (1738). His most important book was A Complete Body of Architecture, which came out in weekly parts between 1756 and 1757, with a second edition of 1767, re-issued in 1768: it became a standard work on Georgian architectural practice and theory. Encylopedic and lavishly illustrated, it remained one of the most influential architectural publications well into the following century. Among his buildings were Clifton Hill House, Bristol (1746–50), Chesterfield House, South Audley Street, London (1748–9—demolished), and Wrotham Park, Mddx. (1754), the last illustrated in Vitruvius Britannicus (vol. v, plates 45– 6), and clearly derived from Colen Campbell's Wanstead III. His pupil, Cameron, carried his influence to Russia.


Colvin (1995);
E. Harris (1990);
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004);
Placzek (ed.) (1982);
Summerson (ed.) (1993);
I. Ware (1756–7);
Wittkower (1974a)