Francesco Vassalli (1701–1771)

The plasterwork in the Great Hall was completed by Francesco Vassalli and his assistant Martino Quadri in 1731. They were both from Ticino, in Italian-speaking Switzerland. Vassalli is known to have worked at a number of English country houses such as Sutton Scarsdale in Derbyshire in 1724, Castle Howard in 1736-7 and Shugborough in Staffordshire in 1763. Comparisons with the work at Towneley have led to the attribution of plasterwork at several other houses in Lancashire to Vassalli.


Author: tk - August 2016