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Sir Robert Taylor (1714–1788)

Photo credit: RIBA Collections

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Sir Robert Taylor (1714–1788) trained first as a sculptor but by the time he was 40 he turned to architecture, a career in which he became far more distinguished. He worked exceptionally hard, never remaining in bed after 4am and often travelling through the night to save time. He was a designer of great originality who specialised in building relatively small and compact country houses and villas for rich merchants and bankers, with elegant variations on Palladian themes.

RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    127.3 x 102 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    presented by Charles Robert Cockerell, 1835


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