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Architectural Sketches From The Continent By Richard Norman Shaw Architect

Richard Norman Shaw RA

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London.: Published By Day & Son, Lithographers To The Queen Gate Street Lincoln's Inn Fields., (1858)

Physical Description

[12] p., t.pl., 100 pl.; 562 mm.

General Note

The plates (apart from the title-pl.) carry numbers 1-100 and are listed numerically in the Index To The Plates; but they are sometimes found as first issued serially in wrappers, when, although numbered, they were not in numeric order. Plate 77 is misnumbered 11.


[T.pl., dedic.] - Preface - Architectural Sketches ... Index To The Plates - [Plates]. - (Note that in the Academy's first set the work is bound in the order of the parts; with the result that the t.pl., dedic., Preface and Index To The Plates are found not at the beginning but within the final wrapper.)

Responsibility Note

The title-plate is signed as designed and drawn by R.N. Shaw, with figures in the border from sketches by J.R. Clayton. All plates are signed as drawn, or drawn and lithographed, by R.N. Shaw. Two are also signed as from sketches by David Mac Gibbon (pl.11) or John T. Christopher (pl. 49). A few are signed as drawn by R.N. Shaw but lithographed by R.K. Thomas (pl. 68), A. Newman (pl. 36, 59, 94), W. Butler (pl.73) or R.M. Bryson (pl. 76).

Each carries the imprint of the lithographers, Day & Son.

The work is dedicated by the Author to the President and Members of the Royal Academy of Arts, London.


A. Saint, Richard Norman Shaw (1976).

Summary Note

No publication-date is given on the title-plate; but the date of 1858 is carried by the dedication, Preface and plate 1. Earlier dates are carried by some plates - of 1856 (pl. 34, 45, 83) or 1857 (pl. 57, 74). The work was first published serially, in probably 15 wrappers. (The Royal Academy's first set includes fifteen wrappers. The first ten are numbered 1-10 [except that the fifth carries the printed number 4 with the number 5 overwritten by hand] and each calls for 5 plates; the eleventh carries the printed number '11 & 12' and carries the printed word 'plates' but does not specify their number; the remaining four carry no printed numbers nor the word 'plates', but have been inscribed by hand in ink, '13&14', '15&16', '17&18' and '19&20'.)

A title-variant is printed on the upper parts of the wrappers that are retained in some sets: 'Architectural Sketches from the Continent A Series of Views and Details from France Italy & Germany By Richard Norman Shaw Archt. Part 1[-...]'.

The plates show elevations, views and architectural details of churches, public buildings and houses, mostly of Gothic style, in France (Amiens, Anger, Auxerre, Beaune, Beauvais, Bourges, Chartres, Le Mans, Paris, Rouen, Seez, Sens, Strasbourg, Semur, Toul), Italy (Assisi, Foligno, Florence, Lucca, Milan, Naples, Padua, Pisa, Pistoia), Germany (Erfurt, Freiburg, Hildesheim, Innspruck, Lubeck, Magdeburg, Nuremberg, Ratisbon), the Czech Republic (Prague) and Belgium (Antwerp, Bruges, Malines, Tournay).

Binding Note

[First set (06/2276):] 20th-century light-brown cloth-covered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Architectural Sketches From The Continent · Shaw', spine lettered 'R.A.'

[Second set (06/2280):] 20th-century half brown morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Shaw's Architectural Sketches From The Continent', 'R.A.' and '1858'.

[Third set (06/2285):] Loose in binder, 20th-century quarter green morocco, 19th-century black cloth-covered boards, with Gothic decoration in gilt on upper, in blind on lwer, cover; housed in 20th-century green cloth-covered box, black morocco spine-label lettered 'Sketches From The Continent - Norman Shaw'.


Architecture - Architecture details - Churches - Cathedrals - Baptisteries - Tombs - Public Buildings - Houses - Europe - France - Italy - Germany - Czech Republic - Belgium - History - Gothic
Art history - Elevations - Views - Great Britain - 19th century
Pictorial works - Lithographs - Great Britain - 19th century


Richard Norman Shaw RA, draughtsman, lithographer
David MacGibbon, draughtsman
John T. Christopher, draughtsman
Robert Kent Thomas, lithographer
Alfred Newman, lithographer
William Butler, lithographer
Robert M. Bryson, lithographer
J. R. Clayton, draughtsman
Day and Son, lithographic printer
Royal Academy of Arts (London), dedicatee