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George Frederick Bodley (1827–1907) by unknown photographer, 1899 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Bodley, George Frederick (1827–1907), architect and designer, was born at his parents' home, 4 Albion Street, Hull, on 14 March 1827, the sixth child and youngest son of William Hulme Bodley MD (1781–1855) of Edinburgh, physician of the Hull Royal Infirmary, and his wife, ...

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Lancelot Brown [Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783) by Nathaniel Dance, c. 1773 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brown, Lancelot [known as Capability Brown] (bap. 1716, d. 1783), landscape gardener and architect, was baptized on 30 August 1716 at St Wilfrid's Church, Kirkharle, Northumberland, the fifth of the six children of William Brown (1676–1720), a yeoman farmer and estate steward, and his wife, ...

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William Butterfield (1814–1900) by Jane Fortescue Coleridge, 1874 by permission of the Warden and Fellows of Keble College, Oxford

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Butterfield, William (1814–1900), architect and designer, was born on 7 September 1814 in London, the second child and eldest son of William Butterfield (1783–1866), chemist and wharfinger, and his wife, Ann (1793–1867), the daughter of Robert Steven, a leather factor of the City of London...

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Garner, Thomas (1839–1906), architect and designer, was born at Wasperton Hill, Wasperton, Warwickshire, on 12 August 1839, the son of Thomas Garner (1795–1880), farmer, and his wife, Louisa Savage (b. c.1815). Brought up in country surroundings, he acquired as a boy a love of riding and a knowledge of horsemanship which he retained through life. In 1856, at the age of seventeen, he entered as a pupil the office of ...

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Godwin, Edward William (1833–1886), architect and designer, was born at 12 Old Market Street, Bristol, on 26 May 1833, the son of William Godwin (c.1794–1846) and Ann Jones Davies (1795–1869). His father was a currier and a partner in Godwin, Smith & Co....

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Inigo Jones (1573–1652) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. By permission of the Duke of Devonshire and the Chatsworth Settlement Trustees

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Jones, Inigo (1573–1652), architect and theatre designer, was born in London on 15 July 1573 and baptized on 29 July 1573 at St Bartholomew-the-Less, London, the eldest of the four surviving children of Inigo Jones (d. 1597), clothworker of the City of London...

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John Buonarotti Papworth (1775–1847) by William Brockedon © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arthur Cates

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Papworth, John Buonarotti (1775–1847), architect and designer, was born in Marylebone, Middlesex, on 24 January 1775, the second son and one of twelve children of John Papworth (1750–1799), a leading stuccoist, and his wife, Charlotte, née Searle. It was originally intended that Papworth...

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Sir Joseph Paxton (1803–1865) by James Henry Lynch (after William Edward Kilburn, 1851) by permission of the Linnean Society of London

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Paxton, Sir Joseph (1803–1865), landscape gardener and architect, was born on 3 August 1803 at Milton Bryan (or Bryant) in Bedfordshire, the youngest of the eight children of William Paxton (1758/9–1810), an agricultural labourer, and his wife, Ann Rooke (1760/61–1823), who is said to have come from ...

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Peto, Harold Ainsworth (1854–1933), architect and garden designer, was born at 12 Palace Gardens, Westminster, London, on 11 July 1854, the fourth son and sixth of the ten children of Sir (Samuel) Morton Peto, first baronet (1809–1889), civil engineering contractor and politician, and his second wife, ...

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Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812–1852) by John Rogers Herbert, 1845 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore (1812–1852), architect, writer, and designer, was born on 1 March 1812 at 39 Keppel Street, Russell Square, London, the only child of Auguste Charles Pugin (1768/9–1832), architect, and Catherine Welby (c.1772–1833).

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Speight, Sadie [married name Sadie Martin, Lady Martin] (1906–1992), architect and designer, was born on 26 May 1906 at 65 Church Street, Standish, Lancashire, one of two daughters of Alfred Speight, a doctor, and his wife, Mary Annie, née Urmston. Both she and her sister, ...

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Charles Heathcote Tatham (1772–1842) by Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1823 © Copyright The British Museum

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Tatham, Charles Heathcote (1772–1842), architect and designer, was born on 8 February 1772 in Duke Street, Westminster, the youngest of the five surviving sons of the thirteen children of Ralph Tatham (1732–1779) of Stockton-on-Tees, co. Durham, and Elizabeth Bloxham (1739–1809), daughter of Jabez Bloxham...