Achille-François-René Leclère


Achille-François-René Leclère

Achille-François-René Leclère (1785 – 1853) was a distinguished 19th century French architect and teacher of architecture. [cite web |url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sbCZDkexXygC&pg=PA260&lpg=PA260&dq=a.+Lecler%C3%A8+beaux+arts&source=web&ots=Y5MW5O-BUX&sig=c4-jT85Teqj9cED91Is3sldvCRA&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPA260,M1 |title=The Concise Dictionary of Architectural and Design History (by Frederic Hicks Jones) |accessdate=2008-06-28 |publisher=Thomas Crisp Learning ]

Achille Leclère studied architecture under Charles Percier and Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand. After finishing his studies, he won the 1808 Premier Grand Prix de Rome where the final round topic was, "Public baths in Paris".

In 1813, Leclère made a noted restoration of the Pantheon in Rome. Indeed, Achille Leclere's architectural drawings of the Pantheon are often regarded as the best ever made. [cite web |url=http://www.jstor.org/pss/3592503 |title=Roman Architecture |accessdate=2008-06-28 |publisher=JSTOR ]

In 1815, he opened a renowned architectural atelier from where many eminent architects graduated from, including the French architects Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Paul Abadie, Alfred Armand and the English architect Richard Lane.

He was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France in 1831.

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