I’m in the midst of writing a book about Sir John Vanbrugh and European art, so apologies for the lack of blogs. However, I didn’t want to miss sharing my photos of Vanbrugh’s late masterpiece, Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, which I was lucky enough to visit at the start of March. The building was commissioned by Admiral George Delaval in the 1720s and is similar to Blenheim in some respects, although much smaller! It’s difficult to choose, but if I had to, I’d say it was my favourite building by Vanbrugh. I loved the banded rustication which makes the whole structure look as if it’s on springs.

More suprisies in the stairwell, when you realise the staircases are eliptical instead of round.