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Sir William Chambers' Birthday

Sir William Chambers

Sir William Chambers

Tuesday, 23rd February 1723

William Chambers was born in Gothenburg on this day in 1723, the son of a Scottish merchant. 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. He studied in Paris with Blondel and spent five years in Italy. After returning to London he became architectural tutor to the Prince of Wales, the future George III, in 1757. He published his influential "A Treatise on the Decorative Parts of Civil Architecture" in 1759. His most prominent work is Somerset House in London.