Social Strategies and Gentlemanly Networks



On the New York frontier, Sir William Johnson, the Irish-born colonial administrator and Superintendent of Indian Affairs, erected several gentlemen’s houses in the middle of the eighteenth century. Although each was a compact classical box, they subtly illustrated Britain’s colonial development. The first, Fort Johnson (1749), is a stone structure with a classical façade but irregular window arrangement on the back and sides, almost fortress-like in appearance (Figure 8.1). In 1763, Johnson constructed the clapboard Johnson Hall, a fifty-five foot by thirty-eight foot house with balanced facades and a striking Palladian window, a fashionable centrepiece for the massive estate he acquired during nearly twenty-five years of service in the colonies (Figure 8.2). In 1773, he gave his nephew, Guy Johnson, a piece of land where the following year the third small classical house, Guy Park, was erected.


Eighteenth Century Knowledge Network Social Strategy Parliamentary Election Indian Affair 
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