John Gwynne R.A.
- Object Name: Painting
- Description: Mid 18th century oil painting portrait of John Gwynne R.A. (the architect of the English Bridge, Shrewsbury). Attributed to Johann Zoffany.
- Description: John Gwynn was probably born and brought up in Shrewsbury but left for London as a young man. By 1734 he was known as a writer and architectural draughtsman. By 1755 he was an established figure and member of the committee considering the creation of a Royal Academy of Arts. When the Society was finally set up in 1768 he was one of the four founding members.
Starting with a propsal for the construction of Blackfriars Bridge in London, John Gwynn seems to have become particulartily well known for his work on bridges. In Shropshire he was the architect of both the English Bridge in Shrewsbury (1774) and of the Atcham Bridge (1769).
Gwynn was a friend of Dr. Johnson and James Boswell and showed them around SHrewsbury when they stayed with John Hill in 1774. He died in Shrewsbury on 28th February 1786.
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