A sturdy and beautifully proportioned Greek Doric temple built in Portland stone. As an Arts and Crafts architect Robert Weir Schultz normally avoided copyism of any kind, so this scholarly example of classical design comes as something of a surprise. It seems likely, therefore, that the choice of the classical idiom was that of the client rather than the architect.
Robert Weir Schultz
The mausoleum was built for Mrs Elizabeth Cavendish Bentinck of Richmond Terrace, Whitehall. She came from New York and had married William George Cavendish Bentinck (1854-1909) in 1880. A grandson of the 4th duke of Portland, he was the MP for Penryn and Falmouth between 1886 and 1895, a Dorset JP, and a trustee of the British Museum. He and his wife had two daughters, the first of whom, Mary Augusta, died in 1913. Perhaps it was after her death that Elizabeth Cavendish Bentinck, by this time a widow, decided to build the family mausoleum. She subsequently moved back to New York, and the title deed of the mausoleum was conveyed to her second daughter, Mrs Ruth Evelyn Burns, in 1928.
BoE: Herts (1977), 339;
David Ottewill, "Robert Weir Schultz", Courtauld Institute, MA Report, 1977;
Deed, MS 19224/267, Guildhall Library, London.
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