The previous post showing Gibside Chapel designed by James Paine gave me the idea to feature some of his interiors.
Paine seems to have been born in Andover, Hampshire, in 1717 as the youngest child of a carpenter.
He appears to have studied at the St Martin’s Lane Academy in London and then to have come into contact with the circle of the 3rd Earl of Burlington, the promotor of Palladian architecture.
Paine built up a succesful architectural practice, both in Yorkshire and the north-east as well as in southern England.
Although he worked within the context of Palladianism, he emphasized the need to make classical architecture fit contemporary needs. Top-lit staircase halls were one of his specialities.
In his earlier interiors Paine mixed Palladian with Rococo, but later he also adopted the newly fashionable neoclassical style.
Elegant chimnneypieces were another signature element of Paine’s, for which he ran a dedicated workshop.
For this post I consulted the guidebooks for Felbrigg Hall, Kedleston Hall, Nostell Priory, Uppark and Wallington as well as the entry on Paine by Peter Leach in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.