Hawksmoor's Designs for All Soul's College, Oxford (1960 - 1960)

Nicholas Hawksmoor

Architectural Designs for All Souls College, Oxford with an Explanation of Designs for All Souls College, Oxford.

Published: Oxford: OUP.

Date: 1960 - 1960

Portfolio case in navy blue cloth over stiff boards (530x800mm) containing 6 plates (505x755mm) being prints of Hawksmoor’s designs for All Soul’s College, Oxford. Title printed on grey card with navy blue lettering and decorative border and pasted onto the upper cover of the portfolio. A blue ribbon ties the upper and lower boards together. The prints, which are in excellent condition show: 1. General Plan (undated, engraved by M. Van der Gucht); 2. Elevation of the East Range (1717, engraved by C. DuBosc); 3. Chapel and Refectory, plan and elevation (1717, engraved by H. Hulsbergh); 4. Portico from Great Gate to Hall and Chapel, plan and elevation (1721); 5. Elevation of South Front (1721); 6. Cloister in North Court, plan and elevation (1721, engraved by M. van der Gucht). Issued with the portfolio is a booklet, “Explanation of Designs for All Souls College, Oxford by Nicholas Hawksmoor” in grey card cover with title printed in red with printed decorative border, 248x155mm, pp.8. The booklet which is sewn at the spine, is in fine condition. The blue portfolio case is in good condition but with bumping resulting in creases to the top left and bottom right. There is rubbing to the foot of the spine resulting in a slight tear. There is some weakness to the top flap attached to the lower board but the portfolio is complete and strong. In addition, and not issued with the portfolio, we are offering a poster from an Arts Council Exhibition thought to be in 1962 (although it does not say so on the poster) devoted to Hawksmoor. This was a show of models, drawings and photographs organised in conjunction with the Hawksmoor Committee’s campaign for preserving Christ Church Spitalfields and St Anne’s Limehouse. The poster, on brown paper, shows a stylised photographic image of the spire of Christ Church, Spitalfields. There is crease across the top of the poster, some small tears to the edges and drawing pin marks at the corners but all these would be hidden in mounting and framing. It is a rather lovely early 1960s period piece.

Very good