Arthur Blomfield (1829-1899)

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Arthur William Blomfield (1829-99), the fourth son of Bishop Charles J Blomfield of London (bishop 1828-56). He was articled to P.C. Hardwick and began independent practice in 1856 in London. His early work is characterised by a strong muscular quality and the use of structural polychrome often with continental influences. He became diocesan architect to Winchester, hence a large number of church-building commissions throughout the diocese including Christ Church St Leonards and All Souls Church. He was also architect to the Bank of England from 1883. Blomfield was knighted in 1889 and was awarded the RIBA's Royal Gold Medal in 1891. Often his later churches have a routine quality but All Souls is purported to be one of his best works.[1]He left an estate valued at £28,569 at his death in 1899[2]

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