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Lugar, R(obert)

Architectural sketches for cottages, rural dwellings, and villas, in the Grecian, Gothic, and fancy styles, with plans ; suitable to persons of genteel life and moderate fortune. Preceded by some observations on scenery and character proper for picturesque buildings.

London, “printed by J.Bensley, Bolt Court, for J.Taylor, Architectural Library, 59, High Holborn” 1805.

Reference: 13586
Price: £1,100.00 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. (4) + 27 + (1)pp, 38 sepia aquatint plates. Recent boards. Some light spotting and browning at outer blank margins of plates.

First edition of the earliest of four architectural pattern books by Robert Lugar (c.1773-1855), a London architect and surveyor. The present book, deliberately aimed by Lugar at middle-class prospective clients {”persons of genteel life and moderate fortune”), shows his skills as a designer of picturesque cottages, as well as offering a few more ambitious designs in castellated or Eastern styles. Lugar dedicates the volume to “George Ward, Esq.”, presumably the “very eminent Spanish and Mediterranean merchant in the city of London”, of Northwood House, Cowes, Isle of Wight, who died in 1829 (and who may therefore have been one of Lugar’s early clients). This edition not in BAL Cat (the British Architectural Library, strangely, only holds the 1815 reissue, BAL Cat 1968).