Jeffry Wyatville (also known as Jeffry Wyatt, Jeffry Wyatt)

Sir Jeffry Wyatville was an architect who worked in the late-18th and early-19th centuries. He was related to the famous Wyatt family through his father, Joseph Wyatt (1739-1785). Jeffry was a responsible administrator with a good level of control over the site and his works. Indeed, the Duke of Devonshire once described him as 'a delightful man, good, simple, like a child, eager, patient, easy to deal with to the highest degree'.

Wyatville has been described as the 'qunitessential Regency architect' because was able to work in a variety of styles such as classical, mock-tudor and gothic. He is well-known for his work at country houses such as Longleat, Wiltshire, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire and Wollaton Hall, Nottinghamshire, where he made large alterations as well as additions both externally and internally. He is especially known for his work at Windsor Castle (1824-30). There, he looked to add comfort to the already extensive buildings, as well as increase the picturesqueness of the castle.

Bibliography

Linstrum, D (2004) ‘Wyatville [Wyatt], Sir Jeffry (1766–1840)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford; online edn, Oct 2006 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/30116, accessed 4 Oct 2007]

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