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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork (1694-1753), and his Sister, Lady Jane Boyle (d. 1780)

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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork (1694-1753), and his Sister, Lady Jane Boyle (d. 1780)

After: Sir Godfrey Kneller (German, 1646-1723)

Engraver: John Smith (English, 1652-1743)

Date: 1701
Medium: Mezzotint
Dimensions:
Overall: 16 1/4 x 10in. (41.3 x 25.4cm)
Image: 15 7/16 x 9 15/16in. (39.2 x 25.2cm)
Credit Line: Owen D. Young Collection. Gift of Mrs. Josephine Young Case and Mr. Richard Young
Object number: 66.228
Label Text
When this print was published in 1701 the young boy in this image-depicted in a formal pose that is more appropriate for an adult-was only seven years of age. Aside from his and his sister's enormous wealth and aristocratic lineage, it is unclear what it was about these two children's circumstances that warranted the effort required to produce this mezzotint which, by nature, would be widely circulated. At the time, no one could have imagined that the young boy would become one of England's most influential tastemakers, the principal exponent of the Neo-Palladian architectural style. In 1725, for example, he began construction of a villa outside of London, called Chiswick House, which was inspired by the great 16th-century Italian architect, Andrea Palladio's (1508-80) widely-admired Villa Rotonda (1567-69) in northern Italy. Burlington's advocacy of Palladian-inspired design permanently altered English architectural history.

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