Item 004/02 - Athens by Charles Cockerell

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Athens by Charles Cockerell


  • 1857 (Creation)

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1 item, Distemper on linen

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COCKERELL, CHARLES ROBERT, second son of Samuel Pepys Cockerell, Westbourne Lodge, Paddington, architect and Surveyor to East India Co., and Anna, dau. of John Whettam, St. Ives, Hunts.; b. 28 Apr 1788; adm. 29 Apr 1802 (Clapham); Min. Can. 1802; in school list Oct 1803; entered his father’s office at age of 16; in office of Sir Robert Smirke 1809-10; on architectural study tour in Greece, Asia Minor, Sicily and Italy 1810-7; participated in discovery of Aeginetan and Phigaleian Marbles; commenced architectural practice on return to England; Surveyor, St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1819-54; ARA 1829, RA 1836, Professor of Architecture at Royal Academy 1839-57; architect to Bank of England, 1833; “at once the most fastidious and the least pedantic of English neo-classical architects” (Colvin); his principal architectural works included the University Library, Cambridge, 1837-40, the Ashmolean Museum and Taylorian Institution, Oxford, 1841-2, and a series of provincial branch buildings for the Bank of England; DCL Oxford 20 Jun 1844; completed the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1845-7, and the interior of St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 1851-4; Hon FRIBA 9 May 1836, FRIBA 3 Dec 1849, President 1860-1, Gold Medallist 1848; FSA by 1831; member, Society of Dilettanti, 1858; designed the scenery for the Westminster Latin Play, painted under his superintendence by Fenton and used for the first time in 1857; retired from practice 1859; author, The Temples of Jupiter Panhellenius at Aegina, and of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, 1860, and other works; m. 4 Jun 1828 Anna Maria, dau. of John Rennie FRS, civil engineer; d. 17 Sep 1863 and buried St. Paul’s Cathedral. DNB.

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23ft x 23ft

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Westminster School Archive

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  • English


  • Latin


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