This week we pursue our exploration of James Wyatt started last week. Today we focus on his work at Oxford.
Initially, Wyatt designed in the Palladian style and the Romanesque classical style. Later in his career, he turned towards the Gothic style. Towards the end of his career he turned to the Greek classical style.
In 1792 he was appointed Surveyor-General making him the most prominent architect of that time. Indeed he became so popular that his reputation was at times affected due to the lack of time he had to give a project.
He earned the nickname “Wyatt the Destroyer” as some of his restoration work could sweep away much of the original building.
Holywell Music Room