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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th January 1906 Born today: Diana Winyard, London, actress (Cavalcade)
16th January 1794 Edward Gibbon, historian (Decline and Fall), dies in London at 56
16th January 1759 British Museum opens in London
The Queen's House
Inigo Jones's first major commission, The Queen's House.
Location: Greenwich, London
Description: The Queen's House was commissioned by Anne of Denmark, the wife of James I (who reigned 160325). James was often at the Tudor Palace of Greenwich, where the Old Royal Naval College now stands as it was as important a residence of the early Stuart dynasty as it had been for the Tudors. Traditionally he is said to have given the manor of Greenwich to Anne in apology for having sworn at her in public, after she accidentally shot one of his favourite dogs while hunting in 1614.
In 1616 Anne commissioned Inigo Jones (15731652), who had risen to fame as a designer of court entertainments and was appointed Surveyor of the King's Works the following year, to design a new pavilion for her at Greenwich.
It was Jones's first important commission and the first fully Classical building seen in England. Though generally called Palladian in style, its prime model was the Medici villa at Poggio a Caiano, by Giuliano de Sangallo.
Since 2001 the House has showcased the Museum's fine-art collection, with an ongoing programme of displays and temporary exhibitions, including contemporary work.