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ID: 500031284
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500031284

 
Record Type: Person
William of Sens (French architect, died 1180, active in England)

Note: Architect of the Gothic choir at Canterbury Cathedral from 1174 to 1179. He is known only from an account by the monk Gervase of the rebuilding of the cathedral after the fire of 1174; Gervase recorded that William was chosen from among many masters from France and England "on account of his lively genius and good reputation." He directed the project until a fall from the scaffolding in 1178 led to his retirement to France. He was also described as a "craftsman most skilled in wood and stone" who devised ingenious machines for lifting stone. William seems to have brought sculptors and glaziers with him to Canterbury.

Names:
William of Sens (preferred,V,display)
Guillaume de Sens (V)

Nationalities:
French (preferred)

Roles:
architect (preferred)

Gender: male

Events:
active:   1174-1178  Canterbury (Kent, England, United Kingdom) (inhabited place)

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  William of Sens (I)

Biographies:
(French architect, died 1180, active in England) ..... [VP Preferred]
(French architect, act.1174, d.1180) ..... [BHA]
(French architect of the Gothic choir at Canterbury Cathedral from 1174 to 1179) ..... [AVERY]
(French architect, act.1174, d.1180) ..... [GRLPSC]
(French architect, contemporary) ..... [AVERY]
(French architect) ..... [Grove Art]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Guillaume de Sens ........ [BHA Preferred, VP]
..................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
William of Sens ........ [AVERY Preferred, BHA, GRLPA Preferred, Grove Art Preferred, VP Preferred]
..............................  Avery Authority files (1963-)
..............................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
..............................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 30 August 2004
..............................  RILA/BHA (1975-2000)

Subject: ........ [AVERY, BHA, GRLPA, Grove Art, VP]
....................  Bauchal, Nouveau dictionnaire des architectes fran├žais (1887)
....................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
....................  Encyclopedia of World Art (1959-1987)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 30 August 2004
....................  Harvey, English Mediaeval Architects (1984)
....................  Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects (1982)
....................  RILA/BHA (1975-2000)
....................  Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexikon der K├╝nstler (1980-1986)
 
Note:
English .......... [AVERY, VP]
.......... Grove Art Online (2003-2008) accessed 30 August 2004
.......... Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects (1982)
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