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Edwin Landseer
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Born on 7th of March 1802
Died in London
Died on 1st of October 1873

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, named after the Victorian painter Edwin Landseer, was born on March 29, 1869. He studied architecture in London from 1885 to 1887, setting up his own practice in 1888. It was during his first commission to design a country house that he met Gertrude Jekyll. Her expertise as a garden designer and horticulturalist combined with Lutyens' Arts and Crafts influenced houses were to provide the template for English gardens for the next 50 years. Lutyens’ rising star led to further commissions including two churches in Hampstead Garden Suburb and Lindisfarne Castle.

In the 1900s Edwin Lutyens introduced classical elements into his designs, and these he developed in his most widely known works. Lutyens’ masterpiece is New Delhi, a project which occupied him from 1912 to 1929. As chief architect he incorporated elements of Indian architecture into his monumental design for a new city which remains the seat of the government of India.

To honour the dead of the 1914-18 war in Europe Lutyens was commissioned by David Lloyd George to design the Cenotaph in London. He also designed the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France and many other smaller war memorials including the simple headstone which marks so many war graves. He was honoured for his work with a knighthood in 1918.

Lutyens’ design for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House in 1924, intended to demonstrate British craftsmanship, proved a popular success. In 1929 Lutyens began work on the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool. This magnificent building with its huge 510 foot dome was never finished. Building stopped during WWII and lack of funding meant that only the crypt was ever completed. Sir Edwin Lutyens died in London on January 1, 1944.

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