Inigo Jones (1573-1652)
The Greatest Vitruvian Architect of Modern Britain
Inigo Jones is the first significant British architect of the early modern period, and the first to employ Vitruvian rules of proportion and symmetry in his buildings. He left his mark on London by single buildings, such as the Banqueting House at Whitehall, the Queen's House at Greenwich as well as the Wilton House, but also in area design with his reconfiguration of Covent Garden square which became a model for future developments in the West End. He made major contributions to stage design by his work as theatrical designer for several dozen masques, most by royal command and many in collaboration with Ben Jonson.