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Architectural Drawings. By W. Burges, Architect.

William Burges ARA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed By William Clowes And Sons, Stamford Street And Charing Cross. -, 1870.

Physical Description

[6], 29, [1] p., 75 pl.; 560 mm. (Folio.)


[T.p., dedic.] - List Of Subscribers - Introduction - [Text, incl. descr. of pl.] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates carry the initials of the draughtsmen ('F.W. & W.B.', 'W.B.', 'W.B. & J.S.C.', 'G.A. & W.B.', 'W.B. & W.S.B.' or 'G.A.'), lithographers ('W.S.B.', 'E.I.T.', 'W.H.O.S.' or 'H.W.L.') and the names of the lithographic printers, Maclure, Macdonald & Macgregor. In his Introduction Burges acknowledges the assistance of Swinden Barber, Saunders, Tarver, Lonsdale, G. Aitchison and F.W. Warren.


J. Cooper, Victorian and Edwardian furniture and interiors (1987); The strange genius of William Burges Art-Architect 1827-1881, ed. J.M. Crook [exhibition catalogue] (1981); J.M. Crook, William Burges and the high Victorian dream (1981).

Summary Note

The work includes a few plans and sections (e.g. of Beauvais cathedral), but is mainly concerned with architectural details, furniture and costume. Some examples are taken from British or Italian buildings, but most come from French buildings of the thirteenth century, which Burges considered the best models for Gothic Revival architecture.


Bequeathed from the Library of Sir Edwin Cooper, RA, 1961.

Binding Note

19th-century half red morocco, red cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Architectural Drawings | William Burges.'


Architecture - Architecture details - Furniture - France - Great Britain - History - 13th century - Gothic
Art history - Architectural drawings - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


William Burges ARA, draughtsman
Sir Edwin Cooper RA, previous owner
Edward John Tarver, lithographer
George Aitchison RA, draughtsman
William Clowes and Sons, printer
Maclure, Macdonald and Macgregor, lithographic printer