Spencer House, London by Timothy Richards UK
Spencer House is a historic mansion located at 27 St James’s Place in the St James’s area of London, England. The house is Grade I listed on the National Heritage List for England.
The house was commissioned in 1756 by John Spencer (who later became the first Earl Spencer), as he required a large townhouse in London to augment his position and status. As the home of successive Earls and Countesses Spencer, the staterooms of the house became a theatre for the pageant that was London high society. Members of the Spencer family occupied the mansion continuously until 1895 when the house was let out.
Spencer House remains in the ownership of the Earls Spencer, the current titleholder being Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, brother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Spencer House is one of the last of the many aristocratic townhouses which once adorned central London.
For over 30 years, Timothy has been creating miniature architectural works for customers worldwide; he is still the only person globally making this type of work. The models are handmade in Bath by skilled artisans using British gypsum plaster.
This quality of plasterwork dates back to Jean-Pierre Fouquet who produced some of the finest plaster models in Paris around the 1820s. In Oxford in 1823 two patrons of the arts considered them so important that they raised a subscription to buy a large number. The Fouquet models were prominently displayed in glass cases in the picture gallery of the University’s Bodleian Library.
Education remains at the heart of Tim’s models, and they will stand the test of time; he has produced over 200 commissions in over 30 years with some of his more extensive works fetching as much as $400,000.