Photo of Eighteen Designs For Glebe Houses And Rural Cottages With Ground Plans. by DOMVILE, Lady Helena Sarah.

DOMVILE, Lady Helena Sarah.

Eighteen Designs For Glebe Houses And Rural Cottages With Ground Plans.

London, John Mitchell and John Weale,



Oblong 4to. (228 x 286 mm.) Publisher’s original decorative blind-stamped green cloth, large lithographed paper title label to the centre of the upper board; lithographed title-page, 18 numbered, lithographed crayon views after sketches by Lady Helena Sarah Domvile, each accompanied by an engraved plan, excepting plate 18 which is accompanied by two plans; the spine and lower edge of the upper board lightly sunned, the corners slightly bumped, light scattered spotting, generally confined to the margins, otherwise a clean copy.

Published anonymously, Lady Domvile’s signature has been erased on the majority of the perspective views, and is only barely legible on one or two. Of the eighteen perspective views, plates 1,2,4,6,7,9,10,11,14,15,16, and 18 are signed by the lithographer, ‘On stone P.’ or ‘Percy Fitzpatrick’, pl. 5 is signed ‘Reid’, the remaining plates are unsigned, the 19 plans are also unsigned. Each of the views is contained within a single ruled border apart from pls. 13 and 16 which have no border.

The BAL catalogue suggests that the erasure of Lady Domvile’s signature and the fact that the plans barely relate to the views, implies that the sketches were not intended for publication but having come into the hands of the publishers it was they who added the engraved plans thus turning the volume into something of an architectural pattern book. Lady Helena Sarah Domvile (d. 1859), was the second wife of Sir Compton Domvile (c.1775 -1857), whose estate was at Santry just outside Dublin. A row of workers’ cottages erected around 1830, now demolished, designed by Lady Domvile for the estate, bear comparison with designs in the present volume. Archer points out Domvile’s debt to the designs of P.F. Robinson and in particular draws attention to the similarities between the design of plate 4 in the present work and that of the second design in Robinson’s Designs for Lodges of 1830.

Archer, John. The Literature of British Domestic Architecture 1715-1842. MIT, 1985. 65.2; BAL Early Printed Books 895

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