The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4
, the noble founder of which said that he placed it there,
It is on the north side eastward of ; and was greatly improved by the celebrated earl,
It is unfortunately surrounded with a brick wall, so that scarcely the roof, or even the chimney tops, can be seen from the opposite side of the street.
The house is very large; and if the wall were removed would be a great ornament to this part of the town. It has a stone front remarkable for the beauty of its design and workmanship. A circular colonnade of the Doric order joins the wings; but there appears to be a disproportion between the size of the house and this superb colonnade.
This house was left to the Devonshire family, on the express condition, that it should not be demolished.
It was constructed by Boyle, earl of Burlington; of whose daughters and heiresses having married the late marquis of Hartington, brought this superb mansion, together with Chiswick, to the duke of Devonshire.
In , was purchased of the duke of Devonshire, by his uncle, lord George Cavendish, who repaired all those parts of the building erected by lord Burlington; and by raising the Venetian windows of the south front to the height of the others, completed his designs for this facade. His lordship also took down and rebuilt the whole house, except the front elevation, and some rooms connected with it; restored the terraces and terrace steps in the garden, and converted a narrow slip of ground on the west side into a passage, with a range of shops on each side, called , which, during the season, is of the most fashionable promenades at the west end of the town.
The state apartments of are on the floor. The ceiling of the saloon was painted by sir James Thornhill. The whole of this fine suite of apartments are adorned with a valuable collection of paintings by the old masters.
Eastward of is
 Malcolm Lond. ubi supra.