With assistant Augustus Pugin
, he designed the new Houses of Parliament.
The 65ft dragon, called Pugin
, was built in Carmarthen by Welsh artist David Petersen but Matt isn't sure why it was put in the club; the only reason he can offer: "It's a Welsh club, it was a massive red dragon."
It was designed by Edward Welby Pugin
, the son of the famous Gothic revivalist Augustus Welby Pugin
, and a pre-dinner lecture by the Pugin-specialist Rosemary Hill, author of God's Architect.
Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale were 18th century devotees of gothic design, but the man most closely associated with its revival was architect Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin
(1812-1852), the inspired pioneer of what became the most widespread and influential artistic movement that England has ever produced.
The clock faces will also be given a new colour scheme, with the Commons authorities eager to reflect the original design by Augustus Pugin
The project also aims to restore the clock face surrounds to their original colours as designed in 1856 by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Welby Pugin
In the 19th century Augustus Pugin
, the eminent English architect and Catholic convert, made this remarkable claim: Gothic architecture is Christian architecture.
I can categorically state that this is most definitely the 1835 Charles Barry/August Pugin
King Edward's School building.
Steve Fletcher, 53, from Ely, Cardiff, bought the massive fibreglass sculpture - nicknamed Pugin
- in "a moment of madness" five years ago but now he's looking for someone to piece the beast back together in a new home.
The All Party Parliamentary Arts and Heritage Group is planning to visit Birmingham on its next explorative field trip to explore the legacy of Augustus Pugin
, who spearheaded the Gothic Revival, designed one of Britain's most iconic landmarks, Parliament's Elizabeth Tower now universally known as Big Ben.