Samuel Pepys Cockerell

Samuel Pepys Cockerell

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Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1754–1827) was an English architect. He was the son of John Cockerell, of Bishop's Hull, Somerset, and the brother of Sir Charles Cockerell, 1st Baronet, for whom he designed the house he is best known for, Sezincote House, Gloucestershire, where the uniquely Orientalizing features inspired the more extravagant fantasy of the Brighton Pavilion.John Betjeman, "Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire", Architectural Review 69 (May 1931:161-66)Christopher Hussey, "Sezincote", Country Life, 85, 13 May and 20 May 1939Edward Malins, "Indian Influences on English Houses and Gardens at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century" Garden History 8.1 (Spring 1980:46-66)Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, 3rd ed. 1995, s.v. "Cockerell, Samuel Pepys". Through their mother they were great-great nephews of the diarist Samuel Pepys.

Cockerell received his training in the office of Sir Robert Taylor, to whom he allowed that he was indebted for his early advancements, which were largely in the sphere of official architecture. In 1774 he received his first such appointment, as Surveyor to the fashionable West End London parish of St George's Hanover Square. In 1775 he joined the Royal Office of Works as Clerk of Works at the Tower of London, largely a sinecure; in 1780 the clerkship at Newmarket was...
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