Sir William Chambers.
Stipple with soft ground etching, image 255 x 195mm 10 x 7¾"). Trimmed to plate.
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. This Neoclassical development housed many government offices and provided accommodation for various learned societies, including the Royal Academy, the Royal Society, and the Society of Antiquaries. He was a founder member of the Royal Academy and was its first Professor of Architecture. After George Dance (1741 - 1825).
Not in BM or NPG. From the collection of Cecil Bisshopp Harmsworth, 1st Baron Harmsworth.
[Ref: 9639] £160.00