George Richardson (architect)

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George Richardson (1737/8–c.1813) was a Scottish architectural and decorative draftsman and writer on architecture.[1]

One of his few remaining architectural works is St Mary Magdalene's Church at Stapleford, Leicestershire, built in 1783 for the Earl of Harborough.[1][2]

His main output, however, was in the form of books. His publications were subscribed to not only by many leading architects of the day, but also by painters, sculptors and other craftsmen.

Selected works

  • Book of Ceilings (1776)
  • Iconology, or, A Collection of Emblematical Figures (2 vols., 1779), drawing largely from Cesare Ripa
  • Treatise on the Five Orders of Architecture (1787)
  • New Designs in Architecture (1792)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Brown, Iain Gordon. "Richardson, George". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/23553.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. Stapleford Park web site

See also