Coplestone Warre Bampfylde

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The Harbour And The Cobb, Lyme Regis, Dorset, By Moonlight by Bampfylde
Market House, Taunton, built to Bampfylde's designs in 1772

Coplestone Warre Bampfylde (1720–1791) was a British landowner, garden designer and artist.


Bampfylde was the only son of John Bampfylde by Margaret, daughter and heiress of Sir Francis Warre, 1st Baronet, and was educated at Blundell's School and Winchester.

In 1750, following the death of his father, he inherited Hestercombe House in Somerset (originally the property of his mother's family),[1] where he designed and laid out the gardens.[2] They are now listed Grade 1 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.[3]

Bamfylde was a notable amateur painter,[4] and exhibited his works at the Society of Artists, the Free Society of Artists, and the Royal Academy between 1763 and 1783. He made a few etchings of landscapes, and drew some humorous illustrations for Christopher Anstey's Election Ball which were etched by William Hassel, and published at Bath in 1776.[5] He also designed the Market House in Taunton in 1772.

He died at Hestercombe on 29 August 1791.[5]

There are paintings by Bampfylde in the collections of National Trust, The UK Government and Exeter University.[6]


  1. ^ Hugo, Thomas (1874). The History of Hestercombe, in the Parish of Kingston. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Hestercombe House
  3. ^ Parks and Gardens
  4. ^ A Gentleman of Fine Taste - The Watercolours of Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, Philip White (1995) Hestercombe Gardens Trust
  5. ^ a b Dictionary of National Biography 1885–1900
  6. ^ Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, YourPaintings, BBC, accessed January 2013


 "Bampfylde, Coplestone Warre". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bampfylde, Coplestone Warre". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.