[Sir William ChambersEngraved from the Original Picture in the Council Chamber of the Royal Academy]
Stipple, platemark 175 x 115mm (7 x 4½"). Thread margins; unfinished proof. Touched proof with pencil marks to upper part of image.
Sir William Chambers (1722 - 1796), architect. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chambers worked initially for the Swedish East India Company, travelling to China where he studied Chinese architecture and decoration. Returning to Europe, he studied architecture in Paris and Italy before moving to London in 1755. Chambers is best remembered for designing and building Somerset House, a project he worked on from 1775 to 1795. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy and was its first Professor of Architecture. Engraved after the portrait c.1780 by Sir Joshua Reynolds (London, Royal Academy of Arts), and cropping the composition so that the Strand facade of Somerset House, clearly visible in the painting, is unidentifiable here.
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