Frederick Clark Withers was born in Shepton Maller, Somerset, England. He served a five year indentureship before entering the London office of Thomas Henry Wyatt (1807-1880) in 1849. In late 1851, he accepted a position with Andrew Jackson Downing (1814-1852), the influential American author and landscape architect, and emigrated to the United States. After Downing's sudden death in a steamboat accident, Withers continued to work with Calvert Vaux (1824-1895), another Briton recruited by Downing, for four years. In the 1880s, Withers worked in partnership with Walter Dickson, who was originally from Albany, NY. Withers is particularly known for his role in disseminating British High Victorian Gothic taste in the United States, and for his independent designs for the Jefferson Market and Courthouse (1874) in New York City and Gallaudet College, in Washington, D.C. (1867-1880).
Emily T. Cooperman.
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