Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Allom, Thomas

ALLOM, THOMAS (1804–1872), architect, born in London on 13 March 1804, was articled to Francis Goodwin, and spent more than seven years in his office. He was as much artist as architect, and, in the employ of Messrs. Virtue & Co. and Messrs. Heath & Co., he furnished the drawings for the series of illustrated works upon which his reputation rests. Amongst these may be named his ‘Cumberland and Westmoreland,’ ‘Devonshire and Cornwall,’ ‘Scotland,’ ‘France,’ ‘Constantinople,’ ‘Asia Minor,’ and ‘China.’ He exhibited for many years at the Royal Academy, ‘where his charming pencil usually gained a place of honour.’ ‘He was frequently called upon to assist his professional brethren, and there are few artists who forget the vigour and beauty of the drawings, made for the late Sir Charles Barry, of the new Houses of Parliament, and presented by him to the late Emperor Nicholas.’ He died at Barnes, Surrey, on 21 Oct. 1872.

[Builder, 26 Oct. 1872; Redgrave's Dict. of Eng. Artists.]

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