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Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811–1878) is one of the most well-known mid-Victorian architects connected in the public’s mind with the Gothic Revival style, of which his two most popular buildings are the Albert Memorial (1864) and St Pancras Station (1868), both in London. However he is also remembered for having abandoned his Gothic princlples to retain the commission of the Foreign Office, which he won in competition in 1857 with a Gothic design but was forced to build as classical by the Prime Minister Lord Palmerston.
oil on canvas
H 71 x W 63 cm
commissioned by the RIBA, 1878