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George Dance The Younger

George Dance the Younger was an architect and portrait draughtsman active, particularly in London, England in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. He was the fifth and youngest son of the sculptor and architect George Dance the Elder (born around 1694, died 1768) and his wife, Elizabeth Gould.

Dance studied in Rome, Italy and was particularly noted for his work in the neo-classical style, yet was equally adept in the Gothic. In 1768 he was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.


Bowdler, Richard, ‘Dance, George, the younger (1741-1825)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, May 2006) [accessed 7 January 2008]

Colvin, Howard, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, 3rd edition (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995), pp. 288-292.

National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, 'Dance, George (1741-1825) Architect, GB/NNAF/P161844', [accessed 7 January 2008]

National Portrait Gallery, London, Search the Collection, 'George Dance (1741-1825), Architect and portrait draughtsman', [accessed 7 January 2008]

Further Reading:

Lever, Jill Rosemary, Catalogue of the Drawings of George Dance the Younger (1741-1825) and of George Dance the Elder (1695-1768) from the Collection of Sir John Soane's Museum (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Stroud, Dorothy, George Dance, Architect 1745-1825 (London: Faber and Faber, 1971)

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