William Wilkins, Architect, English Architecture, Building, Design, Projects, Office
William Wilkins, Architect
Neoclassical Architect Practice England, UK 19th Century Architecture – Key Works
William Wilkins Architect – Key Projects
Key William Wilkins Building
Downing College – principal buildings, Cambridge, South East England, UK
Date built: 1820
Cambridge college building : photograph © Adrian Welch
Major Greek Revival architecture, in terms of quality, novelty and quantity
Cambridge building by William Wilkins with elegant courtyard
Famous English Building by the architect
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, England, UK
Date built: 1838
photograph © Nick Weall
National Gallery in London building
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England, UK
Date built: 1819
University College London, London, England, UK
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William Wilkins – Practice Information
Former English 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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