George Basevi (1794-1845)

The architect George Basevi grew up in Greenwich, then studied under John Soane from 1810, after which he first travelled in Europe - (Italy and Greece) and then sent up his own practice in 1819. His best known work is mainly classical London terraces in London, including among others, Belgrave Square (1825, not the corner houses), Pelham Crescent and Thurloe Square. He designed several churches, including at Greenwich, Twickenham and in Hove. His most important single building is the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, in Italianate style.

Basevi died young and rather unfortunately, accidentally falling from the Bell tower of Ely Cathedral while inspecting repairs.

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