William Wilkins (architect)

William Wilkins (Architect)

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William Wilkins RA (31 August 1778 – 31 August 1839) was an English architect, classical scholar and archaeologist.

Wilkins was born in the parish of St. Giles, Norwich, the son of a successful builder who also managed a chain of theatres. His brother George Wilkins was Archdeacon of Nottingham.

He studied in Bury St Edmunds and at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, he graduated in 1800. in 1801 he was able to tour Greece, Asia Minor, and Magna Græcia in Italy between 1801 and 1804. He published researches into both Classical and Gothic architecture, becoming one of the leading figures in the English Greek Revival of the early 19th century. On his tour of the classical antiquities around the Mediterranean he was accompanied by the Italian landscape painter Agostino Aglio, who had been commissioned by Wilkins as draughtsman on the expedition. Aglio supplied the drawings for the aquatint plates of monument illustrations in Wilkins' volumes from the expedition, such as The Antiquities of Magna Graecia (1807).

Among his works in the Classical neo-Grecian style were The Grange, Northington, Hampshire UK, Downing College, Cambridge (designed 1805, built 1807–1820 but...
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