The Pagoda is a folly, designed for Princess Augusta, mother of George III, in 1762 when Kew was a Royal Palace. The architect was William Chambers, a man of Scottish parents born in Sweden. His early career with the Swedish East India Company took him several times to China, where he was able to study the buildings at first hand and write a book about it. He studied architecture in Paris and Italy before starting a practice in London in 1755. Through further books he became an influential figure in the design of Classical buildings across Britain. He is best known for Somerset House on the Thames, commissioned by the government in 1776 to improve the quality of their offices, and one of the great neo classical palaces of London.
The dragons are now in the process of being returned to the roofs of the Pagoda as part of a restoration, so I am curious to see what a difference that will make.
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