Robinson, P.F.


Or A Series of Designs For Ornamental Cottages. Printed for Rodwell and Martin ... 1823. [lviii]pp. 96 litho. plates. [Bound with]. Hunt, T.F. DESIGNED FOR PARSONAGE HOUSES, ALMS HOUSES, Etc. Etc. With Examples of Gables, and Other Curious Remains of Old English Architecture. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green 1827. 1st Ed. [viii] + 33pp. 21 litho. plates.
Together 2 works in 1 vol. 4to. Some very light marginal browning, marbled, handsome contemporary double gilt rule edged half calf with marbled boards, corners rubbed, lower joint cracking, dec. gilt lettering with intricate dec. gilt compartments to spine. First work: Abbey Life 66 (1836-7 Edition). The first of Robinson's six pattern books, with numerous 'Tudor' houses, half-timbered cottages, also the architect's major innovation-the Swiss chalet. Seen here for the first time, it satisfied current fashion with its rough, rustic quality and its new range of ornament-the Hampstead Swiss Cottage of 1829-32 being an early example. This book was first published in 12 parts, beginning in February 1822. Many of the lithographed plates showing landscaped views of the designs are drawn on stone by James Duffield Harding and are of high quality. All are printed by Hullmandel. Robinson together with Hunt was the major source of the popular “Tudor Parsonage” type, itself an inspiration for the widespread ‘Stockbroker’s Tudor’ or ‘By-Pass Variegated’. The second work: Includes designs for parsonages, vicarages, parish-clerk’s houses, almshouses and even a grave-diggers hut, interspersed with illustrations, drawn by Hunt, of actual Tudor gables - to prove ‘that in his designs he has employed the beautiful and authentic features of Old English Architecture’. The lithographs are printed by Hullmandel.
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