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Sir (Bertram) Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978), Architect and writer

Sitter in 14 portraits
Clough Williams-Ellis is best remembered for creating the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales. Having studied architecture for just a few months, he set up his own London architecture practice in 1904. In 1908, he inherited a country house in Meirionshire, Wales, which he spent the rest of his life embellishing and restoring. During the First World War, he served in the Welsh guards and as an intelligence officer in the tanks corps. In 1925, Williams-Ellis acquired the site in Wales that he renamed as Portmeirion and set about creating a coastal village there. He was a fashionable architect in the inter-war years and was knighted in 1971 for his services to architecture and the environment.

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