Sir Robert Smirke (1780–1867)

As architect to the Board of Works Robert Smirke designed several major public buildings including the main block and facade of the British Museum and the General Post Office building in St Martins-le-Grand in the City of London (1825–29; demolished c.1912). This was England's first purpose built post office. Smirke died in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire in 1867.