Isaac Ware

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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)

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Isaac Ware, d. 1766, English architect of the Georgian period. After travels in Italy he was employed in 1729 as clerk of the works at Windsor Castle. For Philip, earl of Chesterfield, he built (1749) Chesterfield House, Mayfair, of which his work The Complete Body of Architecture (1756) contains illustrations. In 1737, Ware produced a translation of Palladio. Ware designed mantelpieces, ceilings, and other details for Robert Walpole's house, Houghton, built by Thomas Ripley, and did drawings for Ripley's book on this house.