Early Clan Members Peter Jefferson Smith’s Book


Important Architects lived in Clapham

Edward I'Anson Senior 1775-1853 Lord LeightonFeatured in this New Book, Published in NOVEMBER 2019 , this family of Architects led interesting and productive lives.  Details of the book below.

This portrait catches Architect Edward I’Anson Senior in a thoughtful pose. The first member of the clan was painted by Lord Leighton, his great nephew, in 1851.

The painting was part of an Exhibition of works by Lord Leighton of Stretton at the Royal Academy in 1896 featuring a large number of works by the lately deceased artist, soon after he died.

Edward I’Anson, Senior, started as an assistant surveyor/architect and later partner of Daniel Alexander in the City.
I’Anson mainly undertook surveying work for estates, and in particular, was responsible for surveying the sewers in Southwark.

UPDATE 26 November 2019

The Clapham Society is pleased to announce its publication today of
The I’Ansons: A Dynasty of London Architects & Surveyors by Peter Jefferson Smith.

Copies available at £20 from The Publications Page of our website, CLICK HERE and from:
Clapham Books, 26 The Pavement, Clapham, London SW4 0JA. Telephone: 020 7627 2797.

The three architects are easily confused

Father, son and grandson were each called Edward I’Anson. They are usually identified as Edward I’Anson, Senior (1775-1853), Edward I’Anson, Junior (1811-1888) and Edward Blakeway I’Anson (1843-1912

Edward I'Anson junior 22 The Pavement built1862The second Edward, generally referred to as Edward I’Anson, Junior, was a pioneering designer of purpose-built commercial buildings and designed a number of builings in Clapham including number 22 The Pavement, built in 1862. This photo by Dana Kubick of the upper level shows a very good example of the detail in his work.

Tribute Book

The Clapham Society is on the way to publishing a book by Peter Jefferson Smith, previously unfinished, all about this fascinationg family. After much compilation and research, the hard work of members and friends dedicated to the commemoration project for this much-loved notable local resident is nearing fruition. The manuscript has been sent to the publishers and the book is expected to be out before Christmas.


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Photo: 22 The Pavement upper floors by 1862 by Dana Kubick