Clarke, T.H.

The domestic architecture of the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and James the First illustrated by a series of views of English mansions, with brief historical and descriptive accounts of each subject.

London, Priestley and Weale 1833.

Reference: 05387
Price: £220 [convert currency]

Full Description

Octavo. iv + pp (vii)-xiii + (1) + 24 + (2) pp (complete thus, skipping pp v-vi), 20 litho plates, 2 woodcut text ills. The plates are india-paper proofs, printed by Hullmandel from the author’s drawings. Publisher’s cloth, with printed paper labels on spine and upper cover, the spine abraded along upper joint. Title leaf somewhat spotted, but a larger copy than that recently listed in our cat.34.

Perspective views of the exteriors of a selection of English country houses of Elizabethan and Jacobean date, neatly drawn by the volume’s author, Thomas Hutchings Clarke. Clarke is described as “architect” on the volume’s title leaf, and he states in its preface that “the Elizabethan style of building is better adapted for country residences than any over”, but if he had an architectural practice it was small, and his skills as an architectural draughtsman are only evidenced by this volume and two other publications of the 1830s. The illustrations include views of a number of small country houses in Suffolk and Sussex unfamiliar from other publications of this date. BAL Cat 653.

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