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ELMES, James (1782--1862)
New churches. A letter to the right honourable the Earl of Liverpool, ... on that part of the speech of his Royal Highness the Prince Regent, which recommended the attention of Parliament to the deficiency in the number of places of public worship belonging to the established church. By James Elmes, architect. ...
London: printed by J. Moyes. Published by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, and Carpenter and Son, 1818.
16 p. ; 22.7 cm. (8º)

This letter, dated 10 March 1818, was the first public criticism of the proposed new churches. Elmes's solution to the problem, a national "committee" led by artists, anticipated Soane's recommendations in his Royal Academy lectures of 1819. The views expressed by Elmes in his Letter to ... the Earl of Liverpool were reiterated in the Annals of the Fine Arts, 1818, pp. 107-8, of which Elmes was editor (q.v.). See G.L. Carr, The Commissioners' Churches of London, Ph.D. dissertation, Univ. of Michigan, 1976, vol. I, pp. 232--4.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page To John Soane, Esqre. Professor/ of Architecture in the Royal/ Academy of England from his/ sincere friend the Author.
Copy 2: Loose pamphlet.

Binding Copy 1: Bound in a numbered series of late 19th century half calf pamphlet volumes. (Archive, Trustees' Minutes 18 June 1866). With binder's stamp 'Bound By Mansell' on front pastedown.
Copy 2: Pamphlet stitched without wrappers.

Reference Number 2192


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