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The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey

Sculpture Gallery, adjoining S side of South Stableblock GV I Former conservatory, later converted to sculpture gallery, most sculpture now removed. Circa 1790 by Henry Holland for Francis 5th Duke of Bedford, remodelled 1818 by Sir Jeffry Wyatville. Ashlar, with slate roof. Long rectangular block of a tall single storey. S elevation: symmetrical, with central pedimented bay flanked by 4-window ranges. French windows with round-arched heads and glazing bars. That to central bay is broader and flanked by lower square-headed windows, forming a large Venetian window. All windows have moulded surrounds with decorative keystones. Central bay has panelled pilasters to outer edges. Above Venetian window are 2 large carved paterae, and tympanum contains carved relief of bull. Central bay surmounted by shallow dome by Wyatville. Adjoining both ends of main block are small lower blocks. Each has slightly projecting central bay containing broad round-arched French window, the flanking bays having shallow recesses containing sculptures, and plain parapet with carved panel to centre. Interior: central bay has 8 antique columns brought from Rome by the 5th Duke, and installed by Wyatville to support his shallow dome (ref. NHLE)
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