Charles Robert Cockerell(1788-1863), Architect
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The architect Charles Robert Cockerell was born in London and trained in the architectural practice of his father, Samuel Pepys Cockerell. He assisted Robert Smirke in the rebuilding of Covent Garden Theatre, before embarking on a tour of Europe. On his return to London in 1817, Cockerell set up his own architectural practice. He became highly successful, winning honours both at home and abroad. From 1833 he was architect to the Bank of England, and in this capacity built several bank buildings. His chosen style was classical, with a fondness for the Baroque. Cockerell was the architect of the Ashmolean Museum and Taylorian Institute (1839-42) in Oxford, the building for which he is best remembered today.
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