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Henry Louis Florence, 1843-1916

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1843.06.09
Place of Birth: Streatham
Date of Death: 1916.02.17
Place of Death: Bath

Identity:

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Louis (or Lewis) Florence was an architect.

Life:

Florence was articled in 1860 in the practice of Edward Cookworthy Robins (1830-1918) and subsequently in the atelier of Charles Auguste Questel (1807-88). In 1871, he commenced his own practice in partnership with Lewis Henry Isaac(1829/30-1908). He was elected ARIBA in 1865, RIBA in 1878 and later President of the Architectural Association. He is noted for his designs for the Carlton Hotel, London (1900), its interiors designed by the French architect Charles Mewès. Drawings by Florence are in the collection of the RIBA British Architectural Library. He exhibited several times at the Royal Academy. He was a member of the Arts Club from 1893-1916, where he may have known JW.

Bibliography:

Greutzner, A., and Johnson, J., The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1980; Curl, James Stevens, A Dictionary of Architecture, on-line edition, Oxford, 2000, http://www.oxfordreference.com (accessed 4 August 2004).