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George Fowler Jones

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1819, George Fowler Jones was the son of Major Lloyd and Charlotte Jones. His earliest artistic training in lithography and drawing ignited a passion for photography, which he reportedly studied under the tutelage of William Henry Fox Talbot. After deciding on a career as an architect, Mr. Jones apprenticed with William Wilkins, and after Mr. Wilkins' death in 1839, he joined the Yorkshire office of Sydney Smirke. By 1843, Mr. Jones was working as an independent architect, ably assisted by Peter Kerr. Together, the duo's ambitious projects included Aberford's Gasgoigne Almshouses (1844), and several Scottish landmarks that include a Nairn church and picturesque lodges at Kilravock Castle and Castle Grant (1844-1845). One of Mr. Jones's largest and most prestigious commissions was the enlargement and restoration of the Brodie Castle Old Stables. His increasing prominence in architectural circles led to his July 1846 lecture at York's Archaeological Institute. Problems with the Brodie project resulted in a significant decline in his Scottish business, and so he concentrated full-time on lending his expertise to the design and renovation of Yorkshire schools and churches. His peers officially recognized his many professional achievements by naming Mr. Jones a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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