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Charles Barry
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  • Name: Charles Barry
  • Born: 23rd May 1795 Westminster, London
  • Died: 12th May 1860 London
  • Occupation: Architect
  • Notable achievements: Houses of Parliament (Westminster)
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"I drank, deeply of the CastaHan spring, but did not find my poetic faculty improved thereby"

Charles Barry

"Egypt, is a country which, so far as I know, has never yet been explored by an English architect"

Charles Barry

"Even the hieroglyphics and the most delicate parts of the ornamentation were as sharp and vigorous as when they were first executed"

Charles Barry

"In comparison with which even those of Greece and Rome sink into insignificance"

Charles Barry

"No object I have yet seen, not even the Parthenon itself (the truest model of beauty and symmetry existing), has made so forcible an impression upon me" (About the great temple of Dendera)

Charles Barry

"I wish I could say that my faith had been strengthened by a pilgrimage in the Holy Land"

Charles Barry

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Charles Barry Biography

Sir Charles Barry was born in Westminster, London on the 23rd May 1795 and received a private education until aged 15 when he started an apprenticeship learning architecture and surveying.

He showed an aptitude for drawing which he exhibited many times to the Royal Academy whose goal was to promote the work of artists and architects.

A large inheritance bestowed upon Charles Barry in 1817 gave him the financial means to travel extensively throughout the historic cities of Europe and the middle east. He spent three years sketching his way around the architectual splendour of France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Syria. He completed over 500 complex sketches in all and these were to be used as his architectural inspiration in years to come.

Once back in England Barry was appointed to design many churches mostly in the Gothic style. Following the 1934 fire at the houses of parliament Barry won a design competition for the new building and he devoted the rest of his life to this project.

Sir Charles Barry died in London on 12th May 1860 and he was interred in Westminster Abbey. His son Edward Middleton Barry took over the reins of his fathers work and completed the building of the houses of parliament which is also known as the Palace of Westminster

Charles Barry quote I drank deeply of the Castahan spring but did not find my poetic faculty improved