William Capon (artist)

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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]

He 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 after 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 then just about 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

This article incorporates text from the article "CAPON, William" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.