architect and dramatist; b. 1786; d. October 12, 1851.
Samuel Beazley was a nephew of Charles Beazley, also an architect of note. In 1816 he rebuilt the Royal Lyceum Theatre, London. This building was destroyed by fire, and again rebuilt by him in 1831-1838. He remodelled Drury Lane Theatre, London, in 1822, and added the portico in 1831. Before August 14, 1820, he rebuilt the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, retaining the façade designed by George Saunders in 1780. Beazley designed the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in 1821, the façade of the Adelphi Theatre, London, in 1841, the Soho Theatre, London, in 1834, the S. James Theatre, London, in 1836-1837, a theatre in Brazil, and another in Belgium. He made additions to the University of Bonn, Germany. He was a successful dramatist and author.
Pierre Jean David d'Angers
sculptor; b. 1788 (at Angers, Maine-et-Loire, France); d. January 5, 1856.
David's father, Pierre Louis, was a wood carver who took an active part in the wars of the French Revolution. Pierre Jean was taught to model in his infancy, and at the age of twenty went to Paris. He was at first employed on the decoration of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which was completed in 1809. (See Percier and Fontaine.) He entered the atelier of Roland at the École des Beaux Arts, and in 1811 won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome. In 1816 he was commissioned to complete the statue of Condé, now at Versailles, for which Roland had made a sketch. This work begins his long series of public statues and monuments, of which the most important are: the monument of Bonchamp (1824), that of Fénelon (1825), that of General Foy at Père Lachaise (1827), that of Racine (1855), that of Gutenberg at Strassburg (unveiled June 24, 1840), and that of René d' Anjou, inaugurated at Angers (France) January 2, 1853. David's favourite work was the charming statue of a girl called La jeune Greque, which he made for the monument to Marco Bozzaris at Missolonghi (Greece) (1827). Between 1828 and 1835 he made the sculpture of the triumphal arch called Porte d'Aix at Marseilles, and between 1830 and 1837, the sculpture of the pediment of the Panthéon (Paris). The most characteristic of David's performances is the splendid series of medallion portraits of celebrated contemporaries which he began about 1827.
Auguste Ricard de Montferrand
architect; b. January 24, 1786 (at Paris); d. July 14, 1859 (at Saint Petersburg, Russia).
De Montferrand was a pupil of Charles Percier. In 1816 he went to Saint Petersburg, and assumed the position of architect of the Czar Alexander I. In 1817 he was successful in a competition for the reconstruction of the old cathedral of S. Isaac at Saint Petersburg. The present cathedral was designed by him, and completed in about forty years. He published L église cathédrale de Saint Isaac, description architecturale, etc. (Paris and Saint Petersburg, 1845, folio.)
Daniel Joseph Ohlmuller
architect; b. January 10, 1791; d. April 22, 1839.
A pupil of Karl von Fischer. He assisted Klenze on the Glyptothek in Munich, and built the brick Gothic church in the Au suburb of the same city.