Published: 06/08/2012
ISBN: 9781780881201
eISBN: 9781780889290
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Inigo's Stones
Inigo Jones, Royal Marbles and Imperial Power
by Tom Williamson

Why did Inigo Jones choose stones from the distant Isle of Portland for the Banqueting House and his other famous London buildings? And how did Inigo's studies of the marbles of ancient Rome influence his choice of Irish marbles for King Charles I and even leave a legacy in the stones and marbles of the great British imperial city of New Delhi three centuries later?

In this study of a hitherto unexplored side of Inigo Jones’s life, geologist Tom Williamson not only provides answers to these questions, but also tells, for the first time, the story of how divinely backed rulers have used stones and marbles to project imperial power.

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