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WILKINS, William (1778--1839)
An apology for the designs of the Houses of Parliament, marked "Phil-Archimedes," now exhibiting at the National Gallery, with a defence of the report of the commissioners appointed ... to examine and report upon the plans which might be offered by the competitors for rebuilding the Houses of Parliament.
London: printed by W. Clowes and Sons, 1836.
14, [2] p. ; 23.0 cm. (4°)

Signed and dated at the end: 'W. W. 1 April 1836.' Wilkins' unsuccessful neo-Gothic designs for the new Houses of Parliament were submitted under the motto "Phil-Archimedes". The Apology confirms the attribution to Wilkins of three unsigned neo-Gothic elevations at the RIBA Drawings Collection. See R. W. Liscombe, William Wilkins 1778--1839 (1980), p. 210. In a prefatory note Wilkins explains that his observations have been printed to conform in size with the Catalogue of the designs offered for the new Houses of Parliament, now exhibiting in the National Gallery (6th ed., q.v.) from which they were omitted as being too long. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3652.

Binding Recent brown paper wrappers with buff paper spine and cover label.

Reference Number 3595


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