Former Home of 'Architectural Visionary' Sells for Over Two Million

Joseph Gandy, friend of Sir John Soane, has blue plaque on Grove Park house

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The former home of Joseph Gandy, the artist and architectural theorist, has been sold for over £2 million.

The house on Grove Park Terrace bears a blue plaque with his name as he lived there between 1833 and 1838.

Gandy worked closely with Sir John Soane and is best known for paintings depicting Soane’s architectural designs. They worked together between 1798 until 1809 when Gandy set up his own practice. He found clients’ demands difficult to deal with and, despite being responsible for a number of notable buildings, his business foundered and he twice ended up in debtors’ prison with Sane coming to his aid.

He did manage to complete some projects including the Phoenix Fire and Pelican Life Insurance Offices in London which was destroyed in the last century, Doric House at Sion Hill in Bath, and the remodelling of Swerford Park house in Oxfordshire.

His visionary architectural paintings were widely admired and several can still be seen in the Pictures Room of Sir John Soane's Museum.

After leaving Chiswick, Gandy was placed in an asylum in Devon where he died a few years later.

The Georgian Grade II listed building he lived in is now a semi-detached family home with a large garden by the standards of the area.

June 16, 2015


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