Edward William Godwin

Edward William Godwin

Godwin was one of the great figures in nineteenth-century architecture and design. He began his career as an architect, later turned to furniture design, and finally, through his affair with actress Ellen Terry, focused on Victorian theater. He was among the group of artists who purchased Japanese objects after the 1862 International Exhibition, and became very influenced by Japanese culture. From this point on he pioneered the Anglo-Japanese movement, alongside Thomas Jeckyll, Christopher Dresser and James Whistler, who commissioned him to build his house on Tite Street in 1877. Godwin distinguished himself from his counterparts by designing incredibly modern furniture from as early as 1867. His most important commissions include Dromore Castle, Grey Towers and the Fine Art Society building in London.