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Henry Flitcroft (1697–1769)

Photo credit: RIBA Collections

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Henry Flitcroft (1697–1769) was a follower and assistant of Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington. He was drawn to the attention of the Earl when he suffered an accident whilst working at Burlington House as a carpenter. He first acted as a draughtsman, drawing up designs for the Assembly Rooms at York, but later became a distinguished architect in his own right, designing churches such as St Giles-in-the-Fields, London (1731–1734) and numerous country houses. His most famous building was Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, Yorkshire (c.1735–1770), which at over 600 feet in length, made it the longest house in England. Other principal works include the Church of St Olave, Southwark (1738–1739) and Milton House, Northamptonshire (1750–1751).

The Royal Institute of British Architects



Henry Flitcroft (1697–1769)




oil on canvas


H 91.2 x W 70.6 cm

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bequeathed by Miss E. M. Porter, c.1930

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