Still won­der­ing about Wer­ring­ton

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THANK you for pub­lish­ing the in­tro­duc­tory para­graph to my let­ter on Wer­ring­ton Park (‘A won­der of the West Coun­try’, May 24 and Letters, June 7). I would like to add that the front range is dated by the diary of Lord Sandys. He vis­ited the house in Septem­ber 1751 (COUN­TRY LIFE, Novem­ber 30, 2000) and noted that the owner, Humphrey Morice (1723–85), was then ‘adding a hand­some apart­ment to the house’.

This pre­sum­ably rules out Wil­liam Kent, who died three years pre­vi­ously, as its de­signer. Like­wise, Roger Mor­ris died in 1749, al­though he could plau­si­bly have de­signed the church (in­ci­den­tally, Mor­ris also de­signed the Twick­en­ham house of the painter Thomas Hud­son, whose signed— rather than at­trib­uted—por­trait of Humphrey Morice (above) hangs on the stairs at Wer­ring­ton).

Richard Garnier has, in­stead, at­trib­uted the build­ing to Robert Taylor, whose ca­reer be­gan shortly af­ter Mor­ris’s death. Taylor’s early build­ings share much in com­mon with those of Mor­ris. Wer­ring­ton Park may, there­fore, be an in­stance of Taylor suc­ceed­ing to Mor­ris’s prac­tice. Richard Hewl­ings, Cam­bridgeshire

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