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THOMPSON, Peter (c. 1800--1874)
Designs for the proposed new Houses of Parliament, consisting of four plans, four geometrical elevations, one longitudinal and two transverse sections, with two perspective views; reduced to half the size of the originals, submitted to the committee of taste, December 1st. 1835. Designed and drawn on stone, by Peter Thompson, carpenter and builder.
London: printed for and published by Peter Thompson, and sold by all booksellers, 1836.
[6], iv, [6] p., litho. frontis., [13] litho. pl. ; 31.8 cm. (4º)

Thompson's paltry Gothic designs did not stand a chance in the public competition for the new Houses of Parliament and are hardly worthy of publication. Failing there he turned to the manufacture of prefabricated buildings. He is best known, however, for his dishonest publication in about 1851 of forged drawings of old London fortifications proporting to have been drawn by a colleague of Hollar's, John Eyre. BAL, Early printed books, no. 3309.

Binding C19th publisher's full dark green morocco grain cloth, gilt-stamped on the upper cover with the title within a pseudo-Gothic lozenge-shaped cartouche and on the spine with 'Houses Of Parliament - 1836 -' within a cartouche.

Reference Number 3447


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