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Hoskins, George Gordon

Designs for chimneypieces.

Darlington, the author 1871.

Reference: 2369
Price: £780 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large folio. (2)ff, 56 outline litho plates. Orig. decorative green cloth, gilt, spine repaired (binding presumably designed by author).

A scarce volume providing a range of designs for chimneypieces, drawn in outline to a scale of 1/4 full size. Hoskins (c.1837-1911) was an architect in Darlington, co. Durham, from where he issued this book, but the publication is an ambitious one, printed for him in Birmingham and dedicated to Alfred Waterhouse, at that time the most prominent architect in the north of England, and Hoskins’s stated intention ” to deviate as much as possible from the well-beaten track of most modern designs” gives his chimneypieces a distinct individuality. The nature of Hoskins’s connection with Waterhouse has remained obscure to previous book cataloguers, but Colin Cunningham and Priscilla Waterhouse’s recent monograph on Waterhouse has now revealed that Hoskins acted as clerk of works for two of Waterhouse’s commissions in the Darlington area in the 1860s, and it might be worth exploring the possibility that the chimneypieces in Barclays Bank, Darlington, a Waterhouse/Hoskins building of 1864-7, resemble those illustrated here. NUC records the Library of Congress copy only.