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Wyatt, Benjamin Dean

Wyatt, Benjamin Dean (1775–1852). English architect, eldest son of James Wyatt. In 1811 he won the competition to rebuild the Drury Lane Theatre, London (later altered by Beazley and others), which he published as Observations on the Design for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as Executed in the Year 1812 (1813). He succeeded his father as Surveyor of Westminster Abbey in 1813, and built up a flourishing London practice. With his brother, Philip William (d. 1835), he designed Crockford's Club, 50–3 St James's Street (1827—since altered), Londonderry House, Park Lane (1825–8—demolished), York (later Stafford, and later still Lancaster) House, St James's (1825–7), the Oriental Club, 18 Hanover Square (1827–8—demolished), and the addition of the portico and remodelling of the interiors of Apsley House (1828–9), all in London. He was particularly adept at re-creating the Louis Quatorze style which he first used at Crockford's Club. He redecorated the principal rooms at Belvoir Castle, Leics., and built a Romanesque mausoleum in the grounds (c.1820–30), in collaboration with his brother, Matthew Cotes Wyatt (1777–1862). He designed the Duke of York's Column, Carlton Gardens, London (1831–4), and carried out extensive alterations at Stratfield Saye, Hants. (1838–40). He was declared bankrupt in 1833 and died in obscurity.

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Architectural Review, clv/926 (April 1974), 217–23;
Colvin (1995);
W. Papworth (1892);
J. Robinson (1979);
Jane Turner (1996)

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Wyatt, Lewis William

Wyatt, Lewis William (1777–1853). English architect, son of Benjamin Wyatt (1745–1818). He trained with his uncles Samuel and James, and set up in practice c.1805. He published A Collection of Architectural Designs, rural and ornamental, executed…upon the Estates of the Right Hon. Lord Penrhyn in Caernarvonshire and Cheshire (1800–1), but he is best known as a designer of country-houses. He completed Tatton Park, Ches. (1807–18), begun by Samuel Wyatt, and built Willey Hall, Salop. (1813–15—probably his best work), both in a Neo-Classical style. He used the Tudor style at Cranage Hall, Cheshire (1828–9), and Jacobean at Eaton Hall, Congleton, Ches. (1829–31—demolished). At Sherborne House, Glos. (1829–34), he emulated a C16 house complete with an assemblage of Orders. In 1816 he published Prospectus of a Design for Various Improvements in the Metropolis in which he argued for a development plan for London, especially the West End.

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Bibb, William Wyatt

William Wyatt Bibb, 1781–1820, first governor of Alabama (1817–20), b. Amelia co., Va. Graduated in medicine from the Univ. of Pennsylvania (1801), he began practice in Petersburg, Ga. He was a state legislator, U.S. representative (1807–13), and U.S. senator (1813–16). In Apr., 1817, President Monroe appointed him governor of the newly created territory of Alabama, and Bibb continued in office when the new state government was organized (1819). On his death, Thomas Bibb, a brother, succeeded him in office.

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Wyatt, Benjamin Dean

Benjamin Dean Wyatt: see under Wyatt, James.

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