Definition of William Kent from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


William Kent

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(c. 1685-1748) an English painter and architect who also designed gardens and the insides of houses. He studied in Rome and helped to introduce Palladianism (= an Italian style of architecture) to Britain. Many public buildings in London were designed by him, including the Treasury building. He is now best remembered for the gardens he designed. In them he introduced a more natural and informal style and has been described as the father of modern gardening. His interior designs can be seen at Burlington House and at Holkham Hall, near Norwich. compare 'Capability' Brown