The British architect; or, the builder's treasury of staircases...
Written and designed by Abraham Swan (British, active 1745–68)
Edward Rooker (British, London 1711–1774 London)
Printed and sold by Thomas Meighan (London)
Printed and sold by W. Meadows (London)
Illustrations: etching and engraving
16 × 10 3/16 × 1 in. (40.7 × 25.8 × 2.5 cm)
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Not on view
Swan's British Architect was first published in 1745 and went through four English editions before 1775, when an American edition was published in Philadelphia. Its designs for homes for the professional and middle classes in England were well suited to the needs of the colonial elite.
Donor: William Gedney Beatty (American, 1869–1941)
Harris and Savage 860; RIBA, I.1001 (1750); Graesse; Cicognara; Jessen
Laurence Hall Fowler, Elizabeth Baer The Fowler Architectural Collection of the Johns Hopkins University. 1961, cat. no. 341.
Eileen Harris, Nicholas Savage British Architectural Books and Writers 1556-1785. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990, cat. no. 860.