The Grand Designer
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When the third Marquess of Bute (1847-1900) met the designer William Burges, it marked the start of a lifetime's collaboration with artists and architects that resulted in the Victorian Gothic exuberance of Cardiff Castle and the flamboyance of Mount Stuart. This absorbing biography tells the story of this vastly wealthy eccentric, whose learning, insight and kindness found expression in artistic patronage on a grand scale. A generous selection of colour plates illustrates the splendour of the works he sponsored.