ARCHITECTURE -- CHARLES ROBERT COCKERELL
Lot 417
ARCHITECTURE -- CHARLES ROBERT COCKERELL
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ARCHITECTURE -- CHARLES ROBERT COCKERELL
Collection of architectural studies by Charles Robert Cockerell, principally for neo-classical chimney-pieces, many subscribed from his architectural studios at Savile Row in the 1820s, comprising some thirty-eight drawings and counterproofs as follows (listed in the order in which they have been tied): a counterproof of a chimney-piece with life-size moulding marked up in pencil; a counterproof for a chimney-piece and life-size moulding for Lough Crew with further details on verso (7 April 1826); studies of chimney-pieces in pencil and in pen-and-ink; counterproof of the drawing-room chimney-piece, Lough Crew (29 August 1828); pen-and-ink scale drawing of a chimney-piece touched in pencil; counterproof worked in wash of a library chimney-piece (23 August 1826); pencil and wash finished drawing of a library chimney-piece; matching pencil and wash finished drawing of a drawing-room chimney-piece; counterproof of chimney-piece details; wash over pen-and-ink life-size scaled drawing of chimney-piece mouldings (10 January 1828); preliminary freehand study in pen-and-ink over pencil for a chimney-piece freeze [for the dining-room, Grange Park], drawn on the verso of an address panel ("CR Cockerell Esq/ Architect/ Savile Row/ London"); pen-and-ink study on three sheets of paper of a chimney-piece and adjoining walls with an outline female figure in profile [for the dining-room, Grange Park, compare the very similar drawing, Watkin, pl.63] (August 1824); pencil studies of chimney-pieces and life-size moulding for "dressing Ro:" and "Mrs B's bed Ro:" [?i.e. Mrs Baring of Grange Park] chimney-pieces; pencil and pen-and-ink studies of a chimney-piece and life-size moulding for "Lady's Ro:" chimney-piece; finished pencil drawing of a library chimney-piece; pencil and pen-and-ink measured studies marked "No 15 The Grange Plan, Elevation & Section of Window in Bed Room Saville Row Octr 3rd 1823"; finished pencil study of a chimney-piece with classical frieze; counterproof marked "Profile of Pilaster cap and shelf to Chimney-piece full size" and "Profile of base of Pilaster full size"; measured pen-an-ink "Chimney-piece for the library of London House of vein Marble the shelf to have the same profile as that of dining-room, the Moulding to reveal of cap of pilaster & of pannel to be the same" (15 August 1820); free hand pencil studies of chimney-pieces, touched in ink, with pencil sketches of a chimney-piece marked "£150" on verso [presumably for Grange Park, see note below]; measured pencil study of a chimney-piece; freehand graphite study of two chimney-pieces touched in green wash; measured graphite study of a chimney-piece, touched in green wash; graphite study of two chimney-pieces touched in green, yellow and purple-grey washes; measured pencil study of a chimney-piece with life-size details of moulding; counterproof of a chimney-piece for Shadwell Rectory (1 April 1829); pen-and-ink finished drawing touched in washes of "Elevation of West side of Deputy Chairman's Room"; measured pen-and-ink "Drawings of Chimney-pieces at Travellers Club House" with life-size details of mouldings drawn freehand in pencil (11 April 1822); pen-and-ink measured drawing, finished in pencil, of a chimney-piece [Grange Park], (inscribed "ordered 20 March 1824, CRC"); two pencil studies, freehand and measured, of a chimney-piece; counterproof plan, elevation and section of the chimney-piece at Lynford Hall (9 February 1829); pen-and-ink measured drawing of a chimney-piece with life-size details of moulding; counterproof of life-size details of chimney-piece moulding for Lough Crew (7 April 1826); another counterproof of chimney-piece moulding for Lough Crew (22 March 1830); counterproof, worked over in pencil and washes, of the dining-room chimney-piece for Derry Ormond (inscribed "Drawing of Col &c sent to Mr Foster 8th Feby 1826"); pen-and-ink measured drawing, touched with orange wash, of the dining-room chimney-piece, Lynford Hall, with life-size details of moulding (7 February 1829); pen-and-ink measured drawing with life-size details of moulding, touched in blue and grey washes, of "Chimney-piece of Dining-room at London House in vein marble", with bishop's mitre (15 August 1820), tied with chancery ribbon, some dust-staining (especially to outer leaves), but overall in good condition, mostly oblong folio and 4to, 1820-1830

Footnotes

  • An important set of drawings by this major architect, dating from early in his career, executed soon after his seminal tour of Greece of 1810 to 1817. Of Cockerell's later masterpieces, such as the Ashmolean, David Watkin writes "There can be no doubt that he will be remembered for his individual positive achievement, for a great sequence of personal masterpieces which are unique in English architecture...Here in these compelling buildings he combines the grandeur of Wren and the imagination of Hawksmoor with a classical scholarship all his own" (The Life and Work of C.R. Cockerell, 1974, p.xxiii). Cockerell's work on the dining-room at Watkins's Grange Park, commissioned by Alexander Baring (later Lord Ashburton), represents a pinnacle of his early style, as well as offering some of the most striking drawings in the present collection: "In August 1823 Cockerell set to work in earnest on the designs for Baring's dining-room. It is clear from the diary that he was obsessed by a desire to make of this room a tour de force, a composition matching in distinction and originality the architecture of the house itself...The room which Cockerell finally produced was one of the most elegant and scholarly rooms of the whole Greek Revival. Based ultimately on the cella of the temple at Bassae, it achieved that jewelled, casket-like quality which we know Cockerell felt was characteristic of Greek design...A further luxurious adornment was the chimney-piece adorned with two serpentine columns already in Baring's possession and a bas-relief specially commissioned from Flaxman. Cockerell's pupil Clarke, called on Flaxman on 20 January 1824 with Cockerell's drawing for the chimney-piece and a letter explaining that Baring did not want to spend more than £150 on the frieze" (Watkin, p.172).
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