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Beazley, Samuel (1786–1851), architect and playwright, was born in Parliament Street, Westminster, the son of an army accoutrement maker. He trained in the office of his uncle Charles Beazley (c.1760–1829) and went on to become the leading theatre architect of his time and the first notable English expert in this field. His life was not, however, that of a single-minded specialist. ...

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Benson, William (bap. 1682, d. 1754), politician, architect, and literary critic, was baptized on 17 March 1682 at St Leonard's Church, Bromley by Bow, Middlesex; he was the eldest of fourteen children of William Benson (1640/41–1712), a wealthy iron merchant of Bromley by Bow...

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Chute, John (1701–1776), architect and connoisseur of the arts and literature, was born on 30 December 1701, the youngest in the family of five sons and five daughters of Edward Chute (1658–1722) of The Vyne, Sherborne, Hampshire, and his wife, Catherine, daughter of the lawyer ...

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George Godwin (1813–1888) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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G. B. Smith

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Godwin, George (1813–1888), architect and journal editor, was born in Brompton Terrace, Kensington, London, on 28 January 1813, one of nine children of George Godwin senior (1780–1863) and his wife, Mary Anne (1790–1872). His father was an architect and surveyor who played a significant role in the development of ...

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Jones, John [pseud. Talhaiarn] (1810–1869), poet and architect, was born on 19 January 1810 at The Harp, an inn kept by his parents, John Jones (d. 1832), a carpenter and smallholder, and his wife, Gwen, née Williams (d. c.1857)...

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Owen Jones (1809–1874) by Henry Wyndham Phillips, 1856 RIBA Library Photographs Collection

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Jones, Owen (1809–1874), architect, printer, and designer, was born on 15 February 1809 at 148 Thames Street, London, the second of the three children of Owen Jones (1741–1814) and his wife, Hannah Jane (1772/3–1838). His father was a furrier and a distinguished Welsh antiquary. ...

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Sir James Thomas Knowles (1831–1908) by Arthur James Knowles, c. 1903 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Knowles, Sir James Thomas (1831–1908), journal editor and architect, born at Reigate, Surrey, on 13 October 1831, was the eldest child in the family of two sons and three daughters of James Thomas Knowles (1806–1884), architect, and his wife, Susannah (1810–1876), daughter of ...

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D. J. O'Donoghue

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MacDermott, Martin (1823–1905), poet and architect, was born of Roman Catholic parents at 8 Ormond Quay, Dublin, on 8 April 1823. His father, John MacDermott (1785–1842), was a merchant; his mother, Amelie Therese Boshell, was of French descent. He was educated as a Catholic in ...

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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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Robertson [née Lewis], Doris Adeney, Lady Robertson, (1899–1981), architect, interior designer, and writer, was born in the suburb of Kew, Melbourne, Australia, on 8 March 1899, the daughter of John Reynolds Lewis, an agent and manufacturer, and his wife, Sarah Jane Agnes, ...

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Scott, Geoffrey (1884–1929), writer and architect, was born on 15 June 1884 in Hampstead, London, the fourth son and the youngest of seven children of Russell Scott (1837–1908) and his wife, Jessie Thurburn (1844–1921); he was the nephew of Charles Prestwich Scott, the distinguished editor of the ...

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Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1704–10 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Vanbrugh, Sir John (1664–1726), playwright and architect, was born probably on 24 January 1664, the day of his baptism at home, in the parish of St Nicholas Acons, London. His parents were Giles Vanbrugh (1631–1689), a London merchant of Flemish extraction, and Elizabeth (...