SHAW, Richard Norman
(b. 1831, Edinburgh, d. 1912, London)

The Tower House, Bedford Park, London

c. 1882
Colour litograph, 226 x 356 mm
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The man behind England's first garden suburb was a businessman called Jonathan Carr, who married Agnes Fulton, daughter of Hamilton Fulton, a well-known engineer. He employed the architect E.W. Godwin to create an estate on the social and artistic principles of John Ruskin and the Aesthetic Movement. They soon parted company and in 1877 Carr replaced Godwin with Richard Norman Shaw. He lasted until 1880, but had a profound influence on Bedford Park's character and more houses were added on Shaw's lines by Maurice Adams, E.J. May and others.

The picture shows a litograph by Adolf Manfred Trautschold (born 1854) depicting Tower House, Bedford Park, London c. 1880, designed by Richard Norman Shaw in 1879.

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