Sir John Thynne

(c. 1515—1580) estate manager and builder of Longleat

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(b ?Church Stretton, Salop, c. 1515; d Longleat, Wilts, 1580). English patron. One of an able group of administrators associated with the Protestant cause during the minority of Edward VI, Thynne rose from comparatively humble origins to become steward to Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset. In this role he was responsible for supervising Somerset's many building projects and seems to have been fired by the enthusiasm for Classical architecture that was shared by other members of the same political circle.


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

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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