Thursday, March 19, 2015

Melchior Berry

[Switzerland] (b 1801/d 1854)

Melchior Berri was a well-known Swiss architect. Berri grew up as the son of a pastor in Basel and Münchenstein. Between 1817 and 1823, he studied with the famous architect Friedrich Weinbrenner in Karlsruhe. Afterwards he worked with the architect Jean-Nicolas Huyot in Paris and studied at the Parisian Academy.In 1826, he travelled to Italy, where he took an interest, both in Pompeii's buildings and frescos, and in the Renaissance palaces of Rome. In doing so, he developed the technical skills of a stonemason, plasterer, and bricklayer. He also practised drawing landscapes and figures, and studied subjects of technical construction. (..) In 1828, Melchior Berri opened a construction business and a school of construction and drawing in Basel. (..) He obtained international fame as a neo-classical architect and became honorary doctor of two British architectural associations. Between the stress he was under, as both as a builder and as an artist, but possibly also due to the constraints of his provincial circumstances, Berri became depressed and took his own life in 1854. [ Wikipedia ]


Switzerland (BASEL) 1845 "The Dove of Basel" (1) [Typo  (Frankfurt) / Embossed (The dove)] Sc(3L)

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