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date: 28 February 2020

Dewez, Laurent Benoîtlocked

(bapt Petit Rechain, April 14, 1731; d Groot-Bijgaarden, Nov 1, 1812).
  • Clemens Guido de Dijn


(bapt Petit Rechain, April 14, 1731; d Groot-Bijgaarden, Nov 1, 1812).

Flemish architect. He probably received his early training in Liège, where he obtained a bursary from the Fondation Lambert Darchis in 1754 to continue his studies in Rome. In 1755 he began working in Rome as a draughtsman for Robert Adam (i), alongside Agostino Brunias and Charles-Louis Clérisseau, Adam’s drawing teacher. Between 1755 and 1757 Dewez also worked on the proposed revision (unpublished) of Les Edifices antiques de Rome (Paris, 1682) by Antoine Desgodets, surveyed Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli and studied the buildings of Onorio Longhi, Jacopo Vignola, Francesco Borromini, Carlo Rainaldi and Pirro Ligorio.

In 1757 Dewez, Brunias and Adam left Rome together, and after an intensive archaeological survey of Diocletian’s Palace at Spalato (now Split) and a brief stay in Vicenza, they all settled in London in 1758. There the brothers Robert and James Adam opened an architectural office, in which Dewez briefly worked. At the end of ...

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