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(Schultz, Robert Weir) Wood, C.W.

House near Edenbridge, Kent.
Price: 2850 GBP
Reference: 01617

Full Description

Drawing in pencil and coloured wash, showing exterior perspective view of proposed design, with ground floor plan in top right-hand corner of drawing. 300 x 475mm.
This handsome perspective drawing derives from the office of the Arts and Crafts architect Robert Weir Schultz (1860-1951), having been more recently in the possession of hi last surviving assistant Alwyn Bruno Walters (1906-1987). Weir Schultz’s architectural achievement has in recent years been the subject of separate studies by Gavin Stamp and by David Ottewill, and his role in the Arts and Crafts movement and as the favourite architect of the 3rd Marquess of Bute is now fully documented. This particular drawing, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1904, records a design by Schultz for a house called Beaumonts, at Four Elms, near Edenbridge, Kent (Ottewill, Robert Weir Schultz (1860-1951), An Arts and Crafts architect, Architectural History 1979 p99). The design itself was not fully executed , but in its architectural character and “butterfly” plan it foreshadowed Weir Schultz’s more celebrated design of 1904-5 for How Green House, also in Kent, and it therefore occupies a significant place in his architectural development. As was customary, by this date, the perspective drawing was produced from Weir Schultz’s no doubt rougher perspective drawing or sketches by a perspective draughtsman, C.W. Wood, who signs it with his initials C.W.W. and the date 1904. Ottewill indicates that the perspective drawings preserved by A.B. Waters were the only such drawings to survive Weir Schultz’s closure of his office in 1939, and the present drawing, of a total of perhaps only a dozen surviving drawings of this character, is significant evidence for his architectural achievement. EU purchasers should note that VAT at 17.5% is payable on this item.

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