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(bapt. Bridlington, Yorkshire, 1 Jan. 1686; d London, 12 Apr. 1748). English architect, designer, landscape gardener, and painter, the most versatile British artist of his time. He began his career as a painter and spent a decade (1709–19) in Italy, mainly Rome, where in 1717 he painted a ceiling in the church of S. Giuliano dei Fiamminghi (offering to work without payment for the chance to establish his reputation).

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)