Basic Site Details

Name: Lansdowne House
City or county: London
Country: England
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Notes: The original client was the 3rd Earl of Bute, who sold it unfinished to the 2nd Earl of Shelburne, a condition of the sale being the completion of the house by Adam at Bute's expense. It was completed in 1768 except for the gallery which was subsequently fitted up as a library by Goerge Dance junior, and remodelled as a picture gallery by Robert Smirke. The house was largely demolished in 1936.

The interior of the drawing room is now oin the Museum of Arts in Philadelphia, USA, that of the dining room in the Metrpolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1House  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Berkeley Square  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21762 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 21768 CompletionExcept for the gallery


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3(Sir) Robert SmirkeArchitectC  Romodelling of library (originally gallery) as picture-gallery.
Item 2 of 3Robert AdamArchitectA1762  
Item 3 of 3George Dance juniorArchitectBAfter 1768 Gallery fitted up as library


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Bute, 3rd Earl of 
Item 2 of 2Shelburne, 2nd Earl of 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Country Life29 October 1998  Adam's original design illustrated.