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Peter Frederick Robinson

Peter Frederick Robinson was an architect active in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Sweden in the 19th century. He was apprenticed to William Porden in 1790 and later worked as an assistant to Henry Holland.

Robinson travelled abroad widely and is noted to have been a prolific designer of ornamental cottages and country house residences in an variety of historicist and exotic styles. He frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy in London from 1795 to 1833 and from 1823 to 1841, published a vast number of designs for rural and domestic architecture including ornamental cottages and villas, farm buildings and lodge and park entrances. He also planned a continuation of the 18th-century architectural volumes Vitruvius Britannicus, publishing volumes with plates of Woburn Abbey, Hatfield House, Hardwicke Hall, Castle Ashby and Warwick Castle from 1833 to 1841.

Robinson became a fellow of the Society of Arts in 1826 and was an early vice-president of the Institute of British Architects. Poor finances, however, forced Robinson to move abroad and he settled in Boulogne in 1840. He died there on 24 June 1858.


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National Archives, National Register of Archives, Person Details, ' Robinson, Peter Frederick (1769-1858) Architect, GB/NNAF/P142413' [accessed 02 May 2008]

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