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Joseph Nash OWS (1809-1878)

Joseph Nash, OWS (1809-1878)

Joseph Nash gathered together his skills as architectural draughtsman, genre painter and lithographer to produce his highly popular and influential publication,
The Mansions of England in Olden Time (1839-49).

Joseph Nash was born in Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire, on 17 December 1809. He was the eldest son of Okey Nash, who took holy orders and became the proprietor of the Manor House School, North End, Croydon. Joseph Nash was educated at the school, but ‘showed his bent by covering his lesson books with sketches’ (Roget 1891, vol 2, p 242).

In about 1827, Nash entered the architect’s office of Augustus Charles Pugin, at 105 (now 106) Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, in
order to learn the art of architectural drawing. Two years later, he and his fellow apprentices accompanied Pugin on a trip to France to
produce drawings for
Paris and its Environs (1830). Becoming interested, and then skilled, in lithography, he also prepared Pugin’s drawings for Views Illustrative of the Examples of Gothic Architecture (1830).

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