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COTTINGHAM, Lewis Nockalls (1787--1847)
Plans elevation sections and details at large of Westminster Hall, by Cottingham architect. 1822
London: pub. by Rodwell and Martin, 1822.
IV litho. pl. ; 90.2 x 64.5 cm. (1º)

The title given above appears within a lithographed detail at large of 'One Side of Quadrangular Turret over North Gable.' pasted to the upper board and similar in style to the added lithographic title-plate of Cottingham's much more substantial Plans, elevations, sections, details, and views, of the magnificent chapel of King Henry the Seventh, at Westminster Abbey Church, the first part of which was published in the same year. This detail is not repeated in the body of the work and the plate is not present in the BAL copy, which takes its title from the caption 'Westminster Hall' and dedication 'To The Surveyor General, The Assistant Surveyor General And The Architects Of His Majesty's Works ...' at the foot of plate I, a large-scale 'Geometrical Elevation [and ground plan] of the Principal Entrance to Westminster Hall from actual admeasurement ...'. The composite arrangement of the Gothic details in the following three plates is similar to that used by John Carter. Imprint from plate publication line of the lithographic title. BAL, Early printed books, no. 727.

Copy Notes The large plates are bound double-page. A letter to Soane from George Hawkins dated 19 January 1822 (bound following item 14* in PC 111) refers to this work (and to its much larger companion on Henry VII's Chapel) as about to appear and likely to 'defeat any arrangement altogether of Publishing' his own drawings of these two buildings, which he proposes to offer instead to the Board of Works should Soane consider them useful. Hawkins enclosed with his letter 'According to your request ... a proposal of Mr. Cottingham's Publication of Gothic Architecture'. This proposal does not appear to have survived in Soane's library. It probably related to Cottingham's Working drawings for Gothic ornaments, [c.1823], rather than to the present work.

Binding C19th quarter green roan, buff paper boards, trimmed litho-plate with title on upper board as above.

Reference Number 4316


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