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Alan Maynard

(fl. c. 1563—1584)


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(fl 1563–c. 1584). French architect and sculptor, active in England. He was engaged by Sir john Thynne to work on his country house, Longleat, Wilts, in 1563, and he was active there intermittently until the building attained its final form c. 1580. He carved chimney-pieces in 1563, 1565 and 1566, and by 1570 he was again at Longleat for the rebuilding of the house after a fire in 1567. With robert Smythson he was mason in charge of further reconstruction begun in 1572, when new façades were erected that the two men claimed to have designed. Maynard's contribution may have been the elaborate cresting on the parapet and most of the carved details of the walls and windows, all of which are in a flimsy Renaissance idiom and suggest the author was familiar with French architecture. The three original chimney-pieces in the present house, those in the hall, upper gallery and old kitchen, are probably his work and have some highly distinctive features, notably the term with two tails intertwined on the hall overmantel. This figure recurs in a slightly different form on a design, attributed to Maynard, for the elevation of a two-storey building in the French style of the early 16th century (Longleat, Wilts, Archv).

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.



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