William Wilkins Architect

William Wilkins, Architect, English Architecture, Building, Design, Projects, Office

William Wilkins, Architect : Architecture

Neoclassical Architect Practice England, UK

William Wilkins Architect – Key Projects

Key William Wilkins Building

Downing College – principal buildings, Cambridge, England
Date built: 1820
Downing College
Cambridge college building : photograph © Adrian Welch
Major Greek Revival architecture, in terms of quality, novelty and quantity
William Wilkins : Cambridge building, elegant courtyard

Famous English Building by the architect

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, England
Date built: 1838
National Gallery London
photograph © Nick Weall
William Wilkins : London building

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Date built: 1819

University College London, London, England

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William Wilkins – Practice Information

Former English architect

William Wilkins : London Architect

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William Wilkins : Historic Architect

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 was educated at Norwich School and then won a scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1800.

With the award of the Worts Travelling Bachelorship in 1801, he was able to visit the classical antiquities Greece, Asia Minor, and Magna Græcia in Italy between 1801 and 1804. On his tour he was accompanied by the Italian landscape painter Agostino Aglio, whom Wilkins had commissioned as a draughtsman on the expedition. Aglio supplied the drawings for the aquatint plates of monuments illustrationing Wilkins’ volumes from the expedition, such as The Antiquities of Magna Graecia (1807).

He was a member of the Society of Dilettanti from 1817. 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.
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