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date: 09 December 2019

Papworth familylocked

  • David Prout


English family of artists. John Papworth (1750–99) was the leading stuccoist of his day and was employed frequently by the Office of Works in the time of Sir William Chambers. John’s eldest son, Thomas Papworth (1773–1814), carried on his father’s business, conducting the last major stucco and plastering works in London. John Papworth’s second son, (1) J. B. Papworth, trained as an architect, as did his youngest son, (2) George Papworth. Thomas’s son, Edgar George Papworth (1809–66), became a popular and successful sculptor. George’s son, John Thomas Papworth (1809–42), also practised as an architect in Dublin. Two of John Thomas’s sons, Collins Edgar Papworth (d 1862) and William Papworth, also became architects. J. B. Papworth’s eldest son, John Woody Papworth (1820–70), also became an architect, but he is best known as an antiquary, the author of the standard work ...

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