INVENTORY OF THE LETTERS OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS, 1793-1921

Finding aid prepared by Onica Busuioceanu.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Letters of British architects
Date (inclusive): 1793-1921
Number: 860525A
Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute. Research Library
Physical Description: 84.0 items (1 box)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: An assembled collection of letters written by 34 British architects between 1793 and 1921, most of them from the second half of the 19th century.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical/Historical Note

A collection assembled by the repository.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Letters of British architects, 1793-1921, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 860525A.

Acquisition Information

Received in many acquisitions circa 1983-1990.

Processing History

Processed and cataloged by Onica Busuioceanu. The items in this collection were formerly part of the British artists letters collection (accession number 860525). They were separated when that collection was cataloged.

Scope and Content of Collection

An assembled collection of 80 letters from 34 British architects, written between 1793 and 1921, most of them from the second half of the 19th century.
The letters address a large variety of subjects, from appointments and excuses to information about work in progress, plans for the future, lectures and courses, considerations about architectural design and criticism. Among the most significant are letters from Alfred Ainger (1), George Frederick Bodley (4), Arthur Thomas Bolton (1), Charles Robert Cockerell (2), Nockalls Johnson Cottingham (2), Owen Carter Jones (7), Sir George Gilbert Scott (8), Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1), Sidney Smirke (6), Sir John Soane (7), Sir William Tite (6), and James Wyatt (3).
John Soane's letters are accompanied by three prints: his portrait engraved by T. Blood after a painting by S. Drummond; the elevation of Soane's house in Lincoln Fields, London; and the New Treasury, Whitehall, engraved by M. Fox after a drawing by Thomas H. Shepherd.
Also included is a seating diagram for the 1907 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) annual dinner.

Arrangement note

The collection is organized alphabetically.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Ainger, Alfred, 1797 or 8-1859
Bodley, G.F. (George Frederick)
Bolton, Arthur T. (Arthur Thomas), b. 1864
Cockerell, C. R. (Charles Robert), 1788-1863
Cottingham, Nockalls Johnson, 1823-1854
Jones, Owen, 1809-1874
Scott, George Gilbert, Sir, 1811-1878
Scott, Giles Gilbert, Sir, 1880-1960
Smirke, Sydney, 1798-1877
Soane, John, Sir, 1753-1837
Tite, William, 1798-1873
Wyatt, James, 1746-1813

Subjects - Topics

Architects--England--Correspondence


Container List

Folder 1

Abraham, Robert (1774-1850) 1830

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 1 p.
Folder 2

Ainger, Alfred (17947-1859) 1833, 1838

Scope and Content Note

Signed list of two of Ainger's works. 1 p.
Folder 3

Arkpitil, Arthur 1807-1869) 1856

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 4

Beazley, Samuel(1786-1851) undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 1 p.
Folder 5

Bodley, George Frederick (1827-1907) 1902, 1906, undated

Scope and Content Note

4 letters, 10 p.
Folder 6

Bolton, Arthur Thomas (1864-1945) 1921

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 7

Butterfield, William (1814-1900) 1882, undated

Scope and Content Note

3 letters, 6 p. 1882, n.d.
Folder 8

Clayton, John (ca. 1820-1861) undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 3 p.
Folder 9

Cockerell, Charles Robert (1788-1863) 1838, 1848

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 5 p.
Folder 10

Cockerell, Frederic Pepys (1833-1878) 1875, 1907

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p. 1875, and 1 RIBA Annual Dinner setting, 1907.
Folder 11

Cottingham, Nockalls Johnson (1823-1854) 1851

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 8 p. 1 illustrated.
Folder 12

Cubitt, Thomas (1788-1855) 1834

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 13

Donaldson, Thomas Leverton (1795-1885) 1872

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 5 p.
Folder 14

Ferguson, James (1808-1886) 1872, 1885

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 3 p.
Folder 15

Ferrey, Benjamin (1810-1880) 1845

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 4 p.
Folder 16

Graham, James Gillespie (1776-1855) 1842

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 1 p.
Folder 17

Gwilt, George (1775-1856) 1825

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 1 p.
Folder 18

Hardwick, Phillip (1792-1870) 1834, 1842, 1856

Scope and Content Note

3 letters, 6 p.
Folder 19

Jackson, Thomas Graham, Sir (1835-1924) 1909, 1918

Scope and Content Note

2 letters, 4 p.
Folder 20

Jones, Owen Carter (1809-1874) 1843-1872

Scope and Content Note

7 letters, 10 p.
Folder 21

Knight, William, 1831

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 3 p.
Folder 22

Pearson, John Loughborough (1817-1897) 1892, 1893

Scope and Content Note

3 letters, 3p.
Folder 23

Playfair, William Henry (1790-1857) 1822

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 1 p.
Folder 24

Repton, John Adey (1775-1860) 1859

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 25

Scott, George Gilbert (1811-1878) 1864-1876

Scope and Content Note

8 letters, 18 p. and 1 envelope.
Folder 26

Scott, Giles Gilbert, Sir (1880-1960) 1908

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 27

Smirke, Sydney (1798-1877) 1835-1876, undated

Scope and Content Note

6 letters, 16 p. and 1 envelope.
Folder 28

Soane, John, Sir (1753-1837) 1820, 1831, 1834

Scope and Content Note

4 letters, 4 pages, and 3 prints: Soane's portrait, the elevation of his house façade, and the new Whitehall Treasury.
Folder 29

Tite, William (1798-1873) 1842-1872, undated

Scope and Content Note

6 letters, 9 p.
Folder 30

Webb, Aston (1849-1930) 1877, 1904, 1919

Scope and Content Note

3 letters, 4 p.
Folder 31

Webb, Philip (1831-1915) 1872

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 2 p.
Folder 32

Wyatt, Benjamin Dean (1775-ca. 1855) undated

Scope and Content Note

1 letter, 3 p.
Folder 33

Wyatt, James (1746-1813) 1793, 1798, 1811

Scope and Content Note

An account of a design, 1 p.; 1 letter, 3 p.; 1 order for paper.
Folder 34

Wyatville, Jeffry, Sir (1776-1840) 1835, 1836

Scope and Content Note

2 letters to Martin Shee, 2 p.