William Burges (1827-1881)

Gothic Revivalist architect and designer. William Burges was educated at King's College School, London and worked at the offices of the architect Edward Blore, surveyor to Westminster Abbey. His family's wealth enabled the young Burges to travel widely across Europe, and together with his study of Japanese, Indian and Islamic art, he developed a highly eclectic architectural and decorative style. These influences were incorporated with his personal preference for thirteenth century Gothic, and manifest in his major works of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch (both for the third marquess of Bute), Cork Cathedral and St Mary, Studley Royal, Yorkshire. William Burges worked with many other artists in the realisation of his projects, including most of the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.


Further reading

William Waters, Angels & Icons: Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass 1850–1870 (Abbots Morton: Serapim Press, 2012), pp. 322–7.

Basil F. L. Clarke, Church Builders of the Nineteenth Century: A Study of the Gothic Revival in England (Newton Abbott: David & Charles, 1969), pp. 152-5.

The Strange Genius of William Burges 'Art-Architect', 1827-1881 (Cardiff: National Museum of Wales, 1981).

J. Morduant Crook, William Burges and the High Victorian Dream (London: John Murray Ltd, 1981).

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   as architect: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff , Cardiff

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Painting for the Apse of the Chapel for Cardiff Castle
artist: William Burges
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  The Visit of the Three Angels to Abraham and Sarah The Visit of the Three Angels to Abraham and Sarah
designer: William Burges
patron: John Patrick Crichton-Stuart
artist: Thomas Nicholls
about 1872
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
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