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date: 20 August 2019

Het Loolocked

  • K. A. Ottenheym

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Royal palace at Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. In 1684 William, Prince of Orange and stadholder of the Netherlands, purchased the Oude Loo property and commissioned designs for a new hunting-lodge from the Académie d’Architecture in Paris. In the following year, work began on Het Loo; designed by van Swieten and Jacob Roman, it remains unknown to what extent they actually used the plans that had been prepared in Paris in 1685. The hunting-lodge (1685–6) initially consisted of a square main building, which was connected to the wings on the forecourt by arched colonnades. At this time the gardens probably extended no further than what are now the Lower Gardens on the rear side. After the Glorious Revolution (1688–9) Het Loo became too small for the extensive household of William and Mary, who had by that time been proclaimed King and Queen of England (reg 1689–1702). After ...

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