Thomas Leverton Donaldson
(19 October 1795 – 1 August 1885) was an English architect.
He was born in Bloomsbury Square
, the eldest son of architect, James Donaldson. His maternal uncle was Thomas Leverton
(1743–1824),Thomas Leverton's memorial at Waltham Abbey
, Essex, bears the inscription "T.Leverton Donaldson, Nephew And Godson, Arc't." (The Memorial Inscriptions in the Church of the Holy Cross and Saint Lawrence at Waltham Abbey
, Waltham Abbey Historical Society, Millennium Project No. 22, additions and corrections slip, 2009.) a distinguished architect sometimes credited with the south range of Bedford Square
in London .
Donaldson travelled overseas after leaving school, obtaining a clerical job with a merchant on the Cape of Good Hope
before volunteering for an expedition to attack the French-controlled island of Mauritius
. Once back in London, he was employed in his father's office, before travelling to Italy and Greece to broaden his experience. His first significant work was the church of Holy Trinity in South Kensington
, London (built 1826-1829).
With Jacques Ignace Hittorff
and Charles Robert Cockerell
, Donaldson was also a member of the committee formed in 1836 to determine whether the Elgin Marbles
and other Greek statuary in the British Museum
had originally been coloured (see Transactions of the Royal Institute of British Architects for 1842).
Donaldson pioneered the academic study of architecture
and in 1841... Read More