Cockerell, Sir Charles Robert, 1788-1863

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Cockerell, Sir Charles Robert, 1788-1863

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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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Users should note that the information recorded here that is not to be found in the first two volumes of the Record of Old Westminsters and its first Supplement has been assembled from various published and manuscript sources by Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, and all new resulting text is his copyright, © 2014.

The Record of Old Westminsters: A biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster School from the earliest times to 1927, Volumes 1 & 2, compiled by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Stenning, London, 1928.

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