Taylor, Sir Robert

Taylor, Sir Robert, 1714–88, English architect. The son of a stonemason, he began his career as a sculptor's apprentice and was later employed to carve the pediment of Mansion House in London. He then turned to architecture and built up a successful practice. He designed the bridge at Maidenhead and many country houses, and worked on various bank buildings in London, including the Bank of England, to which he added two wings. He was knighted in 1782.

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