About the architect
Ghislain-Joseph Henry (1754-1820) was an architect, garden designer and topiarist, notable for his work for Louis XVI of France, the Holy Roman Emperor, Napoleon I and William I of the Netherlands. He was born in Dinant (then in the Principality of Liège) in 1754 into a family which originated in Profondeville (Namur). He won first prize for architecture in the Clementine Competition at the Academy of Saint Luke in 1779 and studied at the Academy of Saint Luke in Rome. In 1803 he became one of the founder members of the Société de peinture, sculpture et architecture de Bruxelles and in 1816 he joined the academic council of the Académie royale des beaux-arts de Bruxelles.