Sir William Chambers (1723-96)

Architect who was well acquainted with the Italian Masters. In 1759 he published his well-known and influential treatise on civil architecture. His work in the Royal Gardens at Kew includes the Pagoda. His most famous building in Britain is the central part of Somerset House (1776). Wedgwood used certain of his designs for inspiration, including the figure of the griffin candlestick.

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Sir William Chambers, portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, ©  Royal Academy of Arts, London

Sir William Chambers, portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds
© Royal Academy of Arts, London