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Godfrey Sykes was born in Malton, 1824 and studied at the Sheffield School of Design, where he later became a teacher. His work was greatly influenced by that of Raphael and Michelangelo. He was asked to come to London to work on the Victoria & Albert Museum by Prince Albert, the Prince Consort, and the columns he designed in the Horticultural Garden are visible today. It was said of him by J.H. Pulten in a posthumous exhibition held in June 1866 at the V&A that, "his energy and feeling for architecture were exceptional." He is also remembered for designing the cover of the first edition of The Cornhill Magazine in 1860.