William Capon (artist)

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William Capon, 1827

William Capon was an English artist.


Capon, whose father was also an artist, was born at Norwich on 6 December 1757,[1] and in early life practised as a portrait painter.[2]

Capon went to London, where he became an assistant to the architect and scene-painter Michael Novosielski,[1] and was employed on the decorations of Ranelagh Gardens and the Italian Opera-house. He was afterwards employed by John Kemble as scene painter for Drury Lane Theatre, which was rebuilt in 1794. In later years he became celebrated as an architectural draughtsman.[2] In the company of the antiquarian John Carter he recorded ancient buildings in Westminster, including some buildings which were scheduled to be demolished.[1] He was appointed Architectural Draughtsman to the Duke of York in June 1804.[1] He occasionally exhibited at the Royal Academy.[2]

He died at his home in North Street Westminster in 1827.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wm Capon, Esq". The Gentleman's Magazine. 97,part 2: 373.
  2. ^ a b c Bryan


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Capon, William". In Graves, Robert Edmund (ed.). Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.