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Sir William Chambers

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Chambers worked initially for the Swedish East India Company, travelling to China where he studied Chinese architecture and decoration. Returning to Europe, he studied architecture in Paris and Italy before moving to London in 1755. Chambers is best remembered for designing and building Somerset House, a project he worked on from 1775 to 1795. This neoclassical development housed many government offices and provided accommodation for various learned societies, including the Royal Academy, the Royal Society, and the Society of Antiquaries.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1756

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 88.9 x W 68.6 cm

Accession number

27

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1858

Work type

Painting


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