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Universal Architecture: Book I, Six Original Designs of Arbours; Book II, Six Original Designs for Grottoes

Author:
Thomas Wright (British, Durham 1711–1786 Durham)
Etcher:
Matthew Darly (British, ca. 1720–1778 (?)) (frontispiece vignette, book I)
Etcher:
Paul Sandby (British, baptized Nottingham 1731–1809 London) (frontispiece vignette, book II)
Date:
1755 and 1758
Medium:
Illustrations: etching
Dimensions:
11 3/4 x 18 9/16 x 3/16in. (29.8 x 47.2 x 0.5cm)
Classifications:
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.514.4(1-27)
Not on view
Signature: Vignette on title page of Book I signed within image lower right, in plate: "M. Darly fecit". Vignette on title page of Book II signed in plate below image, lower left: "P. Sandby. sculp. 1758"

Inscription: Dealer's inscription in graphite on flyleaf: "Gothick Revival / 1. Book of Arbours / 2. Book of Grottoes / 2 vols. in one 1755 and 1758 / £7.10.0"
Eileen Harris, British Architctural Books and Writers, 1990.951; Univ. Cat. Suppl. 646 (Bk. II only); L.C. vol. 166.233 (Newberry Library, Chicago, 1758: 2 vols. in 1, 24 plates, 1758).
Eileen Harris "The Architecture of Thomas Wright." Country Life. 1971, August 26, September 2, September 7.

Eileen Harris Arbours and Grottos. London, 1979, Introduction to the reprint.

Michael McCarthy "Thomas Wright's Designs for Gothic Garden Buildings." Journal of Garden History. vol. 1, 1981, pp. 239-252.



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