William Talman (architect)

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William Talman (architect) : biography

1650 – 22 November 1719

William Talman (1650–1719) was an English architect and landscape designer. A pupil of Sir Christopher Wren, in 1678 he and Thomas Apprice gained the office of King’s Waiter in the Port of London (perhaps through his patron Henry Hyde, 2nd Earl of Clarendon). From May 1689 until William III’s death in 1702 he was Comptroller of the Royal Works,Harris 1982, p.17. and also in 1689 William Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland appointed Talman and George London as his deputies in his new role as Superintendent of the Royal Gardens.Harris 1982, p.19. In these roles Talman worked with Wren in his rebuilding of Hampton Court Palace and its gardens and, by proposing a cheaper interior decoration scheme for the new building, won that commission over Wren’s head.

Talman’s principal work is recognised to be Chatsworth House, considered to be the first baroque private house in Britain, and he was possibly the architect of St Anne’s Church, Soho. Talman was held by many to be surly, rude and difficult to get on with. One of those who felt so was Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, who thus chose John Vanbrugh, not Talman as his architect for Castle Howard; (Vanburgh had also been Talman’s replacement as Comptroller of the Royal Works in May 1702.)

During his long career Talman worked on many of England’s country houses. These include:Dates from Harris 1982.

  • Cannons, Edgware (1713);
  • Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire (1698);
  • Fetcham Park House (1699);
  • Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire;Not listed in Harris 1982.
  • Herriard Park, Hampshire (c.1700);
  • Kimberley Hall, Norfolk (c.1700);
  • Lowther Castle, Cumbria (1692);
  • Milton Hall, Peterborough (UA);Not listed in Harris 1982.
  • Swallowfield Park, Berkshire (1689);
  • Uppark, West Sussex (c.1690, UA);
  • Waldershare Park, Kent (1705, attributed).

Gallery of architectural works

File:Chatsworth House 04.jpg|Chatsworth House, south & east fronts File:Chatsworth House 032.jpg|Chatsworth House, south fronts File:Chatsworth main hallway.jpg|Chatsworth, Painted Hall File:Chatsworth bedroom.jpg|Chatsworth, State Bedroom File:Dyrham Park house, east side.jpg|Dyrham House East front File:Uppark-Sfront-02.jpg|Uppark, south front File:St annes soho 1.jpg|St. Anne’s Soho File:Petworth House West Sussex