The year ends well, with the latest issue of PorteFolly waiting for me when I came home yesterday. Among all other interesting articles in this publication of the DonderbergGroep, the Dutch foundation for Follies and other garden buildings, there is one by me. The article is a reworking of this earlier blogpost.
It revolves around my discovery of the architect of the ‘ruin’ in the park of Huys ten Donck, Giovanni Giudici (who signed his name as: Jan Giudici). There are more results to come in the near future, so sifting trough -in this case- 29 piles of receipts (like the one below) does yield results.
— Henk van der Eijk (@HenkvanderEijk) May 7, 2014
Receipts, still stored in the archive of Huys ten Donck, reveal that Giudici (1746-1819) designed the ruin, and built it in 1777. It was finished with a layer of stucco, something we did not know before.
The article also touches upon the possibility that Giudici may have designed some stucco decorations in Huys ten Donck itself. That is for specialists to pursue.
Thank you all for visiting and for showing interest over this past year. I wish you all a productive and joyous 2015.