Isaac de Caus

Isaac de Caus (1590–1648) was a French landscaper and architect. He arrived in England in 1612 to carry on the work that his brother Salomon de Caus had left behind. His first known work in England was a grotto that Caus designed in 1623 located in the basement of Inigo Jones's Banqueting House.[1] He is noted for his work at Wilton House and Lincoln's Inn.

Isaac de Caus
BuildingsWilton House

He was the architect in charge of carrying out Inigo Jones's design for Covent Garden.[2]

Documented clients include Mary, Countess of Home at her London townhouse in Aldersgate.[3] Surviving buildings include the stables at Wilton House, designed in 1630s closely following an elevation published by Sebastiano Serlio.[4]


  1. ^ Duggan, Dianne (2009-09-01). "Isaac de Caus: surveyor, grotto and garden designer". Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. 29 (3): 152–168. doi:10.1080/14601170902818462. ISSN 1460-1176. S2CID 162246091.
  2. ^ Summerson, John (1966). Inigo Jones. Penguin, 1966. p. 96. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
  3. ^ W. G Spiers, 'Account Book of Nicolas Stone', 7th Volume of the Walpole Society (Oxford, 1919), p. 117.
  4. ^ Giles Worsley, Inigo Jones and the European Classical Tradition (Yale, 2007), p. 90.


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