Blomfield, Sir Arthur William

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Blomfield, Sir Arthur William (1829–99). English architect. After the obligatory Continental tour, he established a successful practice in London, carrying out numerous commissions for churches, private houses, schools, and other buildings. His best-known works are the skilful rebuilding of the nave and south transept of St Mary Overie (now Southwark Cathedral), in the Gothic style (1890–7—after its execrable treatment (1839–40) at the clumsy hands of Henry Rose (d. 1853), caricatured by Pugin in Contrasts (1836) ), and the Italianate basilica of St Barnabas, Jericho, Oxford, with a fine Gothic campanile.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)