Inigo Jones

Architect During the 16th and 17th Centuries


Inigo Jones was an architect who lived in the renaissance time period. He was born on July 15, 1573, in London, UK. Jones spent most of his life traveling around Europe. He was traveling to learn more about architecture and then use his skills to create many popular buildings. Throughout his life Jones worked on architecture for buildings and also made masques or costumes for plays. Jones worked on and constructed St. Paul's Cathedral, Queen's House at Greenwich, Banqueting House, Queen's Chapel, and his most famous, Queen's House at Greenwich, and many many more. A couple of these are still standing today. Some of his patrons were Ben Johnson, Frances Manners, Duke of Arundel, and John Webb. Jones died on June 21, 1652.
This is an example of one of Jones' masques
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Jones traveled to many places in Europe to learn more about architecture. When he traveled, he mainly stayed in England, Italy and Denmark. Jones did a professional study of Palladio's architecture and architectural theories. Palladio was a very successful architect in Italy. Studying him helped Jones very much to succeed. Jones became the surveyor of the kings work for King James I and King Charles I.

Queen's House at Greenwich

Inigo Jones built the Queen's House at Greenwich in the year 1616. It was the home of King James' I wife, Anne of Denmark. The building has a very sleek design, which made it very popular after in was constructed. As a matter of fact, it is still very popular today. It is now part of National Maritime Museum. I find this piece interesting because
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The house had a staircase that intrigued many people then and now today

How the -isms relate to Inigo Jones

Inigo Jones relates to individualism because he did not focus his architecture on everything other people wanted. He listened to them and built what they wanted him to, but he always added something extra or changed something they told him to do to something that he thought looked better. These things amazed the people because Jones changed their great ideas, and made them even better.

Inigo Jones relates to rationalism because he bases his acrhitecture on reason. He does not exactly follow the script or blueprint of the building. He will take out a part if he feels it does not fit well with the rest. On the other hand, he will add something if he feels that it will contribute to make it look better or more appealing.


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Queen's House at Greenwich From Distance - "The Queen's House - Greenwich Palace." The Queen's House - Greenwich Palace. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

Window Staircase - "Salami English: The Queen's House." Salami English. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.

Railing Staircase - "QUEEN'S HOUSE, GREENWICH, LONDON, 1970THE TULIP STAIRCASE | Chris Beetles Fine Photographs." Chris Beetles Fine Photographs Gallery London | Photographs for Sale. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <>.