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MOULD, Jacob Wrey, architect, born in Chiselhurst, Kent, England, in 1825; died in New York city, 14 June, 1886. He was graduated at King's college, London, in 1842, and studied under Owen Jones, the celebrated architect, with whom he spent two years in Spain in studying the Alhambra. The impression that was made on him by the Moorish style of architecture had much influence on his subsequent work. With Mr. Jones he designed the Moresque-Turkish divan of Buckingham palace, and the decorations of the exposition building of the World's fair of 1851. He came to New York in 1853, by invitation of Noses H. Grinnell, to design and build All Soul's church. In 1857 he was appointed assistant architect of public works, in which capacity he furnished designs for the terrace, bridges, and other architectural structures in Central park. In 1870 he became chief architect In 1874 Mr. Mould went to Lima, Peru, but he returned after a few years and continued his work in Central park until his death. Mr. Mould was an able and enthusiastic musician, and a good performer on the piano and organ. He was a fluent linguist, and successful in the adaptation of English words to foreign operas, and his services were in frequent demand by music-publishers, both in England and the United States. His last work was the design for the temporary tomb of General Grant in Riverside park, which he executed in a few minutes. Mr. Mould illustrated the second volume of Owen Jones's "Alhambra" (London, 1848), assisted him in his "Grammar of Ornament" (1856), and also illustrated editions of Gray's "Elegy in a Country Church-Yard" and the "Book of Common Prayer."
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