Appreciated for his functions of neo-Gothic and neo-classical architecture, this past due 18th-century Englishman designed such landmarks as Fonthill Abbey and Broadway Tower and in addition designed the interiors of academic buildings at many of the Oxford colleges. While surviving in Italy through the 1760s, he examined structures with Antonio Visentini. He was a rival of Scottish architect and developer Robert Adam. His relationship led to four guys: architects Benjamin and Philip; sculptor Matthew; and East India Firm worker Charles. He and Christopher Wren had been both prominent British architects.