Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1726)

Death: 26th March 1726 
Location: St Stephen Walbrook Church, London, England.  Buried in vault near altar, now unmarked
Cause of death: Asthma
Photo taken by: Atelier Joly
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English architect and dramatist, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. He wrote two argumentative and outspoken Restoration comedies, The Relapse (1696) and The Provoked Wife (1697), which have become enduring stage favourites but originally caused much controversy. In his career as a playwright, he offended many sections of Restoration and 18th century society, not only by the sexual explicitness of his plays, but also by their messages in defense of women's rights in marriage.