Sezincote House, Gloucestershire, UK 🇬🇧 .
“Sezincote sits at 875 feet above sea level in the North #Cotswolds. The House is still privately owned and remains the centre of a thriving agricultural estate, which provides resources both to maintain the #house, and to sustain the complex tapestry of rural life.
A little bit of the Far East in the Cotswold countryside, Sezincote is a unique house built in ab Indo-sarcenic Mughal architecture style, inspired by the tomb of Safdarjung in Delhi.
The house was the whim of Colonel John Cockerell, grandson of the diarist Samuel Pepys, who returned to #England having amassed a fortune in the #EastIndiaCompany. John died in 1798, three years after his return, and the estate passed to his youngest brother Charles, who had also worked for the company. He commissioned his brother Samuel, an #architect, to #design and #build an #Indian house in the #Mogul #style of Rajasthan, complete with #minarets, peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings and #pavilions. Once completed, Sezincote dazzled all who came. When the #PrinceRegent visited in 1807, an event commemorated in a Daniell painting owned by the family, he was so impressed that he went on to change his plans for the #RoyalPavillion in #Brighton. Designed by John Nash, it echoed the exotic #Indianstyle he’d admired at Sezincote.
Sezincote appropriates real #Indianarchitecture, refracting it through European conventions. Rather than idealising Indian design into a fantasy of wonder and #exoticism, the design registers the #artistic #sophistication of the subcontinent. The best way to understand it then is as a work of respectful mimicry, creating a partial representation of #Indian forms.
What makes the design feel so unusual is not so much these forms in themselves as the ambivalence that emerges from the act of #architectural mimicry.
The #construction of the main house was finished by 1811, but work continued on the conservatories and other #buildings through the 1820s. “
Courtesy: Sezincote House, CountryLife and The Telegraph and Photographs by Paul Highnam.