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Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel (1887–1959) was the only son of Lord Rendel and therefore could have easily lived the life of a country gentleman but he decided to study architecture as his profession. His career was interrupted by the two world wars, in which he served in the Grenadier Guards. He had a large practice, restoring and remodelling country houses but he was probably best known for his churches. These reveal his special interest in roof construction and include St Wilfrid's, Brighton (1932), and after his conversion to Catholicism, the Benedictine abbey church at Prinknash (1939), an example of his 'stripped Gothic'. Hay's Wharf near London Bridge (1930) was one of his few Art Deco designs. Otherwise he worked in a stripped classical style.

The Royal Institute of British Architects



Harry Stuart Goodhart-Rendel (1887–1959), PRIBA




oil on canvas


H 76.3 x W 64 cm

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commissioned by the RIBA, c.1939

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