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Agostino Aglio Sr.
was born at
Cremona in 1777 and came to England in 1803 at the invitation of Mr William
Wilkins (architect). He married Letitia Clarke in 1805.
There is record the he lived at Edwardes Square, Kensington, for 1814 - 1820 and designed the gardens in the Square. His son Augustine was born during this period.
In 2012 the residence association of the Square were planing for a 200th year celebration.
Between 1824 and 1830 he worked for Lord Kingsborough on a set of seven books called on the Antiquities of Mexico. http://www.famsi.org/mayawriting/codices/pdf/Aglio-KingsboroughParisCodex.pdf
Sir Thomas Phillipps was involved in this project. These books were published but the process resulted in bankruptcy for Aglio and Kingsborough who died 1837 after being in debtors jail. A very sad affair. Summary of the Story.
Between 1831 and 1834, he worked at Manchester Town Hall doing the inside decoration. It was during this time that bankruptcy occurred as a result of the Mexican Antiquities affair.
As seen from the autobiography and biographies, Agostino was a hard worker and prolific artist working still at the age of 69, with the help of his son on the decoration of the Olympic Theatre.
Soon after this he became paralysed and spent the last 5 years of his life painting watercolours with his left hand. He died at the age of 80 and is buried in Highgate cemetery