Riou, Stephen
The Grecian orders of architecture: delineated and explained from the antiquities of Athens ; also the parallels of the orders of Palladio, Scamozzi and Vignola — London, 1768

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Ptiblick and Private Edifices. 77
The plan os the principal ssoor has the following distnbutioiis ; entering by the vestible, on the
right hand you pass into the first anti-room, and then into alecond, this opens into a gallery fifty
sour feet long by more than twenty broad; the second room opens likewise into an eating-room,
twenty-four feet by eighteen, thence you pass into a library j between tills and the first anti-room,
is a private itair-case; the library communicates on the other side with a drawing-room ; between
the vestible and the drawing-room is the great stair-case ; from the drawing-room, you pass into
a state dressing-room, and then into the bed-chamber; srom thence pasling through a sort of
■wardrobe, you enter into the other pavilion, which is partitioned sor a chapel and the chaplain's
chamber, and these have other communications from without.
The chamber floor is traced upon the walls of the principal floor, but there arc no garrets over
this; the belvedere is raised on a supposition that it commands some very desirable distant prospect.
The back front may be eaiily described from the plan.
The buildings which serve on one side, for the {tables, coach-houses, ecc. and on the other, sor
the kitchen, offices, &c. though brought forward beyond the main body and the pavilions, yet
being placed upon much lower ground, are no obstru&ion to the view srom any part of the house.
These two designs for villas are nearly of the same rate, and while we enjoy all the
pleasure that can arise from the imagination, in supposing them situated amidst the rural varieties
and beauties of nature, we cannot forbear lamenting the present prevailing custom of the great
ones, in abandoning, for the greatest part of the year, their delightsul seats and retirements,
which oftentimes seem raised more sor the pleasure of chance-led travellers, and of the neighbour-
ing villagers, than sor the real enjoyment of the owners.

0 Vimtores, Filicique felices
Dominis parantur ijia, ferviur.t vobis.

Mart. Lib. 10. Ep, 30.

It may so fall out, that the principal seat of a nobleman fond of hunting, is at a great distance
from a favorite sporting country, and having a property therein, he might on both these accounts
be tempted to make a building, sor his own pleasure, and the reception of a sew select sriends,
at disserent times during the hunting seasons.
The plan and elevation here before us, it is imagined may answer the above intentions, being
entirely accommodated for the use of the gentlemen, their servants and horses, who are all
lodged under the same roof. We have called it Padiglione di Caccia, or hunting pavilion, from its
peculiar destinafion.
The plan consists of three octogons, one within the other. The largest, or external one, con-
tains the (tables, servants hall and ted-rooms, kitchen, osfices, and store-room; these are all sunk
below the surface of the ground, the soil being supposed to be exceeding dry: as we would pitch
upon the summit of a little hill, this would be favourable sor the drains underneath; the basement
does not rise more than four seet above the ground line, and receives its light srom semicircular
windows. The next elevation upon the second o&ogon, contains the bed-rooms, or cabbins for
the gentlemen,' and a drawing-room : level with these is the hunters common hall, raised upon
the internal oclogon ; it receives its light srom windows placed above. The ornaments here mull
be adapted to the building; the sculbtor and the painter might be aslisted in their compositions,
by the descriptions of the poet.


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