Sir William Chambers (1723-1796)

Sir William Chambers was born in Gotëborg, Sweden of Scottish parentage in 1723. At the age of sixteen, he joined the Swedish East India Company and voyaged to India and China for nine years. His architectural education began in 1749 under Blondel (1705-1774) in Paris and then in Italy between 1750 and 1755 where he went to see Rome’s ancient grandeur at first hand. In Rome he met Lord Charlemont who was touring the Mediterranean collecting artworks and books and was to be his greatest non-royal private patron.