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Finding aid for the Letters of British architects, 1793-1921
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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)
    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


    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