Colen Campbell (1676-1729)

Althrop Hall in Northamptonshire the Seat of the Rt Honourable The Earl of Sunderland & co.


Engraving (1715-1725) from ‘Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British Architect…’ Althorp Hall – as it is now written, but still pronounced ‘Althrop’ – is the seat of the Earl Spencer and the location of the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales. Colen Campbell was a Scottish architect and architectural writer, renowned for being a founder of the Georgian style. His major published work was ‘Vitruvius Britannicus’ which was a catalogue of design, containing a series of engravings of English buildings by Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Campbell himself and other prominent architects of the era. It was published in three volumes between 1715 and 1725.