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Charles Turner (1774 - 1857), engraver

Portrait of the architect James Wyatt, RA (1746-1813)

Mezzotint

Museum number: P164

Curatorial note

This mezzotint is after a portrait by Wyatt's son Matthew Cotes Wyatt.

James Wyatt was a rival of Robert Adam and one of a family of architects. He achieved instant success at an early age with his design for the domed 'Pantheon' on Oxford Street, which opened in 1772. He went on to design the Brocklesby and Darnley mausolea and Fonthill Abbey in Wiltshire as well as numerous other town and country houses, churches and garden buildings. From 1770 he was an Associate of the Royal Academy and became a member in 1785. Soane knew Wyatt and noted his shock at his death, in a carriage accident near Marlborough, in September 1813, in his diary.


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