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Isaac de Caus

(c. 1590—1634) garden designer and architect


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(b. c.1590), French Huguenot architect, engineer, maker of automata, and designer of grottoes, younger brother of Salomon de Caus. He worked at Whitehall Palace (London), Moor Park (Hertfordshire), Wilton House (his masterpiece), and Woburn Abbey. The grotto he designed for Woburn Abbey, completed before 1627, survives in remarkably complete state—a very rare survival from this period. At Wilton fragments only of another grotto remain. In 1638 he designed a house and garden for Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, in Dorset, of which nothing is known.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Lifestyle, Home, and Garden.


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