CARTER, JOHN

(b. 1748, d. 1817)

Architectural Draughtsman

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Ireland on 22nd June, 1748. His father was afterwards a marble carver in Piccadilly. He was early employed in making drawings for architects and builders, and began to exhibit architectural designs with the Society of Artists in 1765, continuing until 1780. He drew for the "Builder's Magazine" from 1774 to 1786, and was draughtsman for the Antiquarian Society for twenty years, from 1780. He was also connected for many years with the "Gentleman's Magazine," to which he contributed a series of articles on "Pursuits of Architectural Innovation." He made drawings for Gough's "Croyland Abbey" and "Sepulchral Monuments," and he himself published several important architectural works. He was passionately fond of music and composed two operas. He died in Eaton Street, Pimlico, on 8th September, 1817. Twenty-eight large volumes of his sketches were sold by Sotheby in 1818.

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