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English family of architects.

(1) Robert Smythson (b. ?Crosby Ravensworth, Cumbria, 1534–5; d Wollaton, Notts, Oct 1614).

1. Life and work.

On the evidence of the Smythson collection of drawings (London, RIBA), he was a mason by training; his father may have been a mason too. Throughout his life his patrons were Protestants, powerful, energetic men and women who served and supported the government. When he began work for Sir John Thynne at Longleat, Wilts, in 1568, he went with a recommendation from Humphrey Lovell (fl 1564–85), the Queen's Master Mason. Smythson worked at Longleat in partnership with the French mason alan Maynard, almost continuously between 1568 and 1580, and his experience there was to influence his work for much of the remainder of his life.


From The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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