Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820)

Charles-Louis Clérisseau was a French architect, draughtsman, antiquary and artist who became a leading authority on ancient Roman architecture and Roman ruins in Italy and France. With his influence extending to Russia, England, and the United States, and clients including Catherine the Great and Thomas Jefferson, Clérisseau played a key role in the genesis of neoclassical architecture during the second half of the 18th century.