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Edwin Lutyens

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens OM (March 29, 1869 - January 1, 1944), a British architect, designed many English country houses. He was born in and died in London.

He studied Architecture at South Kensington School of Art[?], London from 1885 to 1887.

After college he joined the Ernest George[?] and Harold Ainsworth Peto[?] architectural practice. It was here that he first met Herbert Baker[?].

He set up his own practice in 1888. His first commission was a private house at Crooksbury, Farnham, Surrey. During this work, he met Gertrude Jekyll[?]. In 1896 he began work on a house for Miss Jekyll – Munstead Wood, Godalming, Surrey. The two of them also worked together as garden designers.

He married Emily Lytton on 4 August 1897 at Knebworth[?], Hertfordshire. They had five children together.

Initially, his designs all followed the Arts and Crafts style, but in the early 1900s his work became more Classical in style. His work was of a varied nature from private houses to two churches for the new Hampstead Garden Suburb[?], London to Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton, Devon and onto his contributions to India’s new imperial capital New Delhi (where he worked with Herbert Baker). Here he added elements of local architectural styles to his classicism.

After the Great War, he was involved with the creation of monuments to commemorate the fallen. The most well known of these monuments are the Cenotaph, London and the memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Thiepval. He also designed a Great War memorial gardens in Dublin, which was restored to its full splendour in the 1990s.

He was knighted in 1918.

Whilst work continued in New Delhi, Lutyens continued to receive other commissions including several commercial buildings in London and the British Embassy in Washington, DC.

He was commissioned in 1929 to design a new Roman Catholic cathedral in Liverpool. Work on this magnificent building started in 1933, but was stopped during the Second World War (after the war the project ended due to a shortage of funding, with only the crypt completed).

In the later years of his life he suffered with several bouts of pneumonia and in the early 1940s was diagnosed with cancer. He died on New Year’s Day[?] in 1944.



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