John Vanbrugh


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Sir John Vanbrugh (24 January 1664 (baptised) – 26 March 1726) was an English architect and dramatist, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. He wrote two argumentative and outspoken Restoration comedies, The Relapse (1696) and The Provoked Wife (1697), which have become enduring stage favourites but originally occasioned much controversy. He was knighted in ... more »

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  • You may build castles in the air, and fume, and fret, and grow thin and lean, and pale and ugly, if you please. But I tell you, no man worth having is true to his wife, or can be true to his wife, or ...
    John Vanbrugh (1663-1726), British playwright, architect. repr. In The Plays of Sir John Vanbrugh, ed. W.C. Ward (1893). Berinthia, in The Relapse; or...
  • I never had but one intrigue yet: but I confess I long to have another. Pray heaven it end as the first did tho', that we may both grow weary at a time; for 'tis a melancholy thing for lovers to outli...
    John Vanbrugh (1663-1726), British playwright. Berinthia, in The Relapse; or, Virtue in Danger, act 3, sc. 2 (1708).
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