Robert Becquet
architect; d. 1554.
The old wooden spire of the cathedral of Rouen was burned in 1514. A new one was begun soon after by Martin Desperroys, maître charpentier of the cathedral. The work was long delayed, and at the death of Desperroys was assumed by his assistant, Robert Becquet. He was directed to present a new plan ("pourtraict"). The spire was completed in 1544. This splendid spire of wood upon a stone base was destroyed by lightning September 15, 1822. It has been replaced by an iron structure designed by J. A. Alavoin. Becquet executed the carpentry of the choir of the cathedral. He was a poet of ability, and in 1545 won the prize of the "Rose" on the Concours des Palinods.




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