Jean Francois Blondel
architect; b. 1683 (at Rouen, France); d. 1756.
He is not supposed to have belonged to the family of the great Francois Blondel. He was architecte du roi and trésorier-général des bâtiments du roi, and in 1728 was admitted to the Académie de l'Architecture. A number of unimportant buildings are attributed to him (see Blondel, Jacques F.).
Castell published, under the patronage of Lord Burlington (Richard Boyle), the Villas of the Ancients. He is supposed to be identical with the Castell whose sufferings and death in the Fleet Prison in 1729 are described by J. T. Smith.
Pierre Contant (Constant) d'Ivry
architect; b. 1698; d. 1777.
Contant was born at Ivry-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was a pupil of the architect Nicolas Dulin and became a member of the Académie de l'Architecture in 1728. He was appointed architecte du roi, contrôleur de l'Hôtel des Invalides and premier architecte of the Duke of Orléans. April 3, 1764, he commenced the parish church of the Madeleine, Paris. His design bore no resemblance to the present structure. (For transformations of the Madeleine, see Couture, G. M., and Vignon, B.) Contant made extensive additions to the Palais Royal (Paris).
Karl Freiherr von Harleman
architect ; b. August 24, 1700; d. February 9, 1753.
A pupil of Tessin, he continued the construction of the royal palace at Stockholm, Sweden, begun by that architect. He was royal architect and held various offices at the Swedish Court.
From 1728 to 1753 he superintended the construction of the royal palace in Stockholm, and designed many public buildings in the Italian style.
Isaac B. Ware
architect; d. January 5, 1766.
Ware is said to have begun life as a chimney sweeper. He attracted the attention of a wealthy patron, who educated him and sent him to Italy. October 4, 1728, he was appointed clerk of the works at the Tower of London, and October 14, 1729, to the same office at Windsor Castle. He is know by Complete Body of Architecture (1 vol. folio, 1756).