Inigo Jones

By: Colby Smith


Born on July 15th, 1573, in London, United Kingdom, Inigo Jones was a major part in getting Italian Renaissance architecture into Europe. Some of his most famous architectural achievements would be The Queens House, Banqueting House, and the Whitehall. He died on June 21, 1652 in London, United Kingdom.

Early Life

Inigo Jone's early life is mostly unknown, but it is believed he started as a painter. Frances Manners, Duke of Arundel, was a patron to Inigo and took him to Italy and he was astounded by the Italian Renaissance architecture. This was the birth of his passion for architecture.

The Rest of His Life

Inigo Jones had a naturally gifted talent and he used it very wisely. He travelled all through Europe and made architecture for kings. Some of the patrons he worked for we're King Christian of Denmark, King James the First, and partially for the 5th Earl of Rutland (when he was little). He spent most of his life in London, but he also traveled to France, Italy, and many other places in Europe. He created masterpieces of architectural achievement in London, bringing Italian Renaissance work to his birth place.

Renaissance Man?

Inigo Jones is the definition of a Renaissance Man. Humanism is a huge part of the Renaissance Man and he has all of the characteristics. For example, the definition of humanism is intellectual movement based on the study of the classics. Inigo is exactly that, because he introduced Italian architecture to England.

His Work

Work Cited

"Inigo Jones." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

CAST, DAVID. "Inigo Jones." Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. Ed. Jonathan Dewald. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

Hartill, Marlene. Queen's House. 1617-1635. Photograph. Greenwich, UK.

Jones, Inigo. Whitehall, Banquet House. 1619-1622. Photograph. London, England.