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

Written by Thomas Wright (British, Durham 1711–1786), "of 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:
Etching
Dimensions:
Book: 11 3/4 x 18 9/16 x 3/16 in. (29.79 x 47.19 x 0.51cm)
Classification:
Books
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.514.4(1-27)
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    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"

  • Catalogue Raisonné

    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).

  • References

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

    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.



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