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Sir John Vanbrugh

Person  Male  Born 24/1/1664  Died 26/3/1726

Playwright and architect. Born in the parish of St Nicholas Acons, London, of Flemish descent. Worked in the English Baroque style, sometimes with Hawksmoor, on Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace. Built Vanburgh Castle in Greenwich for himself when Surveyor to the Royal Naval Hospital in 1719. He lived there from 1719 to 1726. It is modelled on the French Bastille, where Vanbrugh was imprisoned on charges of spying for the British in 1690-92. Died at the house he had built for himself in 1701 at Whitehall (demolished in 1898).

Many at the time did not appreciate his work. On his death the Rev. Abel Evans wrote: "Lay heavy on him earth, for he laid many a heavy load on thee."

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Her Majesty's Theatre - SWET

Theatreland - Heart of the performing arts in London Her Majesty's Theatre ...

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Royal Arsenal Brass Foundry

The Royal Brass Foundry, 1717, attributed to Sir John Vanbrugh. Following an...

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Royal Military Academy - original plaque

The Royal Military Academy, 1720, attributed to Sir John Vanbrugh. Built on t...

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