Friday, October 3, 2014

Ashworth, Edward

Updated October 3, 2014

Edward Ashworth had drawn a number of pictures of Hong Kong including this one of the Chinam's Hong in Queen's Road
Edward Ashworth, architect and artist, was listed as a resident of Hong Kong from May 1844 to 1846. He had designed a number of commercial buildings in the city. He also contributed articles regarding his experience of building European houses in Hong Kong.

Born in Exeter, Devon, England in 1814, Ashworth was trained under two architects who also hailed from Devon, Robert Cornish and Charles Fowler, the latter was once the Vice President of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Not happy with the works he was getting as an architect, Ashworth emigrated to New Zealand in 1842 where he practiced in Aukland. In 1844 he traveled to Australia, and thence to Hong Kong. Ashworth returned to England in 1846 and practiced in Exeter. He was responsible for the restoration of Wynards Lamshouses in 1863 and the design of St Nicholas Church, opposite St Nicholas Priory. Ashworth died in 1896 and was buried at Higher Cemetery, Exeter.

Selected Bibliography: Hong Kong's First [online]. The Cemetery Walk - Online Scout Manager [online]. Wattis Fine Art.


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