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Richard Brown
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English architect, designer, draftsman, engraver and author Richard Brown is remembered for the books on perspective, architecture, and furniture design he published in the first half of the 19th century. Born around 1770 in London, Brown first exhibited his building designs and landscapes at London’s Royal Academy in 1804; he continued to exhibit there until 1828. During this time Brown ran a school of architecture in London. He traveled to Germany and Switzerland in 1822. He began writing and publishing books in 1815 with h is “Principles of Practical Perspective.” It was followed by “Rudiments of Drawing Cabinet Furniture” (1820), “Rudiments of Drawing” (1822), “Cabinet and Upholstery Furniture” (1841), “Domestic Arcnitecture” (1842, which noted that architecture and construction were separate disciplines) and “Sacred Architecture” (1845). While Brown created building designs for a variety of locations, few structures are known to have been built from his designs. These include Holland House (1831) in London’s Royal Borough of Kensington and a chapel in Devon’s Topsham. He died in 1845 or soon thereafter. (TNB 11/2017) Selected bibliography: “Brown, Richard” in Saur, Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, vol. 14, p. 431 Munich and Leipzig: K. G. Saur, 1996. Mallalieu, H. L. The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, p. 44. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1976.