Thomas Allom 1804-1872 Thomas Allom was born in Lambeth, south of London, as the son of a coachman. A Topographical Illustrator and Architect.He apprenticed to the architect Francis Goodwin. Allom was a founder member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He produced designs for buildings in London and carried them out himself as well as working with the architect Sir Charles Barry on numerous projects. But Thomas Allom was not only an exceptional architect. He also made himself a name as topographic illustrator. Allom had been travelling since the 1820s to study buildings and monuments on the spot and to document them as illustration for travel guides. He first travelled all over England and later he extended his journeys to mainland Europe to make drawings of European architecture and cities. Allom was most prolific and successful as a topographical artist during the 1830s and 1840s. His drawings were engraved in travel books on England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Austria, the Near East and China. He travelled extensively for this purpose, including a trip to Turkey and Palestine in 1838. Allom came as far as Istanbul in Turkey by 1834. He made hundreds of drawings in Anatolia and later in Syria and Palestine. Some of these drawings were published as steel engravings. Thomas Allom was one of the few architects who traveled as far as China. He illustrated many of the temples and monuments he saw as well as dinamich images of the natural history and typography of the country. The beauty of these steel engravings after his drawings and watercolors are impressive. Allom's love for details raises these works to historic documents of great value. In 1845, China Illustrated was published. During the 1860s his artistic and architectural creations became more and more rare.A heart disease made travelling impossible for Allom. In1870 he retired. He died at the age of 68 and was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London.