Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Emlyn, Henry

1153575Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 17 — Emlyn, Henry1889Gordon Goodwin

EMLYN, HENRY (1729–1815), architect, resided at Windsor. He published ‘A Proposition for a new Order in Architecture, with rules for drawing the several parts,’ fol. London, 1781 (2nd and 3rd editions, 1784); this consisted ‘of a shaft that at one-third of its height divided itself into two, the capitals having oak leaves for foliage, with the star of the order of the garter between the volutes.’ He introduced this order (the point of division being covered by an escutcheon, and the foliage being replaced by ostrich plumes) in the tetra-style portico at Beaumont Lodge, near Windsor, erected, except part of the west wing, by him for Henry Griffiths about 1785 (Neale, Views of Seats, vol. i.), and in the porch of his own house. George III confided to him some alterations in St. George's Chapel, Windsor, which were executed (1787–90) entirely after his designs, and preserved a due harmony with the original work. The restoration included ‘the screen to the choir, executed in Coade's artificial stone, with the organ case, the altar, and the king's and additional stalls.’ Emlyn was elected F.S.A. 25 June 1795 ([Gough], Chronolog. List of Soc. Antiq. p. 58). He died at Windsor 10 Dec. 1815, in his eighty-seventh year, and was buried on the 19th in St. George's Chapel. A tablet was erected to his memory in the Bray chantry.

[Dict. of Architecture (Architect. Publ. Soc.), iii. 41; Gent. Mag. lxxxv. pt. ii. p. 573; Redgrave's Dict. of Artists (1878), p. 143; Georgian Era, iv. 502.]

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