Thomas Cubitt(1788-1855), Builder
Sitter in 3 portraits
Thomas Cubitt was one of the earliest, and the most important, of the speculative builders who built up large areas of London from the early nineteenth century. The son of a farmer, he began working as a ship's carpenter. Cubitt started building in around 1815, designing, laying out and building streets, squares and even whole districts. He employed a wide range of specialised craftsmen and architects on his staff rather than using sub-contractors as was the norm at the time. Cubitt's work in London includes Belgravia, Pimlico, much of Bloomsbury, and Blackfriars Bridge. He was also responsible for building Queen Victoria's Isle of Wight residence, Osborne House.