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Alfred Waterhouse RA PRIBA (1830-1905)

Alfred Waterhouse, RA PRIBA (1830-1905)

Alfred Waterhouse was one of the most important and successful of Victorian architects and designers. He was also admired for his architectural perspectives and landscape watercolours.

Alfred Waterhouse was born in Aigburth, Liverpool, on 19 July 1830, into a comfortable mercantile Quaker family, as the eldest of seven children of the cotton broker, Alfred
Waterhouse, and his wife, Mary (née Bevan). He was educated at the Quaker boarding school, Grove House School, Tottenham (then in Middlesex). He then served an
apprenticeship with Richard Lane and P B Alley, a Quaker practice in Manchester, and many of his own early commissions would be for Quaker relatives and friends. Returning from the first of several Continental tours in 1854, he set up his practice in Manchester, working in a Neo-Gothic style, influenced and admired by John Ruskin.

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