Musée No:218.050Regular price £25.00
The Great Exotic Stove at Kew
Artist: Sir William Chambers
Chambers (1723-1796) was a Scottish Swedish architect based in London. Among his best-known works are Somerset House, London, and the pagoda at Kew. Chambers was a founder member of the Royal Academy, but he was a prolific and very popular architect working on over 90 projects. Between 1740 and 1749 he was employed by the Swedish East India Company making three voyages to China where he studied Chinese architecture and decoration. Returning to Europe, he studied architecture in Paris and spent five years in Italy. Then, in 1755, he moved to London, where he established an architectural practice. In 1757he was appointed architectural tutor to the Prince of Wales, later George III, and in 1766, along with Robert Adam, Architect to the King. From around 1758 to the mid-1770s, Chambers concentrated on building houses for the nobility and was one of the leading Palladian-style architects. He was the major rival of Adam in British Neoclassicism. Chambers died in London in 1796. He is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey..