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William Eden Nesfield (1835-1888), Architect

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 2 portraits
During his apprenticeships and the first decade of practice, William Nesfield shared a close friendship and three-year partnership (1866-9) with Richard Norman Shaw. Together they mainly drew designs for Gothic Revival architecture, and it was not until the early 1870s that Shaw and Nesfield developed the Queen Anne architectural style. This combined the influences of the mid seventeenth -century brick house and of William and Mary architecture and can be seen in a series of country houses and public buildings in Britain. Periodic trips to the continent resulted in his acclaimed Specimens of Mediaeval Architecture (1862).

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William Eden Nesfield

by Jacques Emile Edouard Brandon
pencil, gouache and charcoal, 1858
NPG 1193