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Robert Mylne (1733-1811), Architect and civil engineer

Sitter in 9 portraits
Mylne came from a distinguished family of masons to the Scottish crown. He studied architecture in Paris and Rome and became part of the community of artists associated with British aristocrats on the 'grand tour'. He returned to London in 1759 and won a competition to design Blackfriars Bridge over the River Thames. The design, with its novel elliptical arches, excited much interest both in Britain and Europe and was said to rival the Rialto in Venice. Mylne's bridge, which opened in 1769, became one of London's major landmarks and was to remain his masterpiece. Its prominence generated many other commissions for him, both for architecture and for engineering. The bridge was replaced in the 1860s.