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Contact Janette Ray
Telephone 01904 623088
Fax 01904 620814
Mobile 07803 941307
Specialists Architecture, Gardens, Landscape, Photography including original photographs, Fine Art, World Fairs, Stained Glass, Design, Design History, Art, Art History, Artists, Interiors, Trade Catalogues on Design Subjects, Periodicals, Original Architectural Drawings.
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Stand C14

CEILING DESIGNS

RICHARDSON, George

Book of Ceilings, composed in the style of the antique grotesque: designed and etched by George Richardson, 1776 [ 1776 ]

Title, engraved frontis, ii + [4] + 11 + [1]pp and 48 engraved plates (1 double page). Large folio.. Title page, engraved dedication and text in English and French. Richardson states in the preface dated 1774 that he had been employed under “Messrs. Adam of the Adelphi... in drawing and designing upwards of eighteen years’ and his ceiling designs are in the Adam Manner; one, iinded is for Lord Scarsdale’s house at Kedleston which the Adam Brothers were largely responsible for.” Dedication leaf to Lord Scarsdale at Kedleston. List of subscribers included amongst others, Joseph Banks, William Chambers, John Carr of York, George Dance, Joseph Pickford at Derby, Thomas Sandby and many house owners including the Marquis of Rockingham and Scottish house owners with whom he may have been associated when working with Adam. Lovely copy. Quarter calf, marbled boards rebacked with new gilt lettering and raised bands on spine and new corners. Small repair patch on title page. It seems like Richardson hoped that this book would launch his architectural career. Eileen Harris [p388] suggests despite the long list of subscribers to the book did not “obviate the need for anyone to employ him personally.”

Provenance
Purchased privately

Bibliography
Harris 735.

Condition
Very good copy

Binding
Quarter calf
£3,450