Kent William - (Painter Architect Furniture Designer Landscape England) Glossary of Antique Terms K

Kent, William - (Painter, Architect, Furniture, Designer, Landscape, England) (1686-1748) William Kent was probably the first English specialist in interior decoration. As a young man he went to Italy to study painting, returning to England in 1719. His first big opportunity came in the early 1720's when he did paintings and decorative work at Kensington Palace. He held a unique position in English art and architecture for the first twenty years of George II's reign. Some examples of his furniture are included in Vardy's Designs of Inigo Jones and Kent (1744).


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