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Photo of Retreats: A Series Of Designs, Consisting Of Plans And Elevations For Cottages, Villas, And Ornamental Buildings. by THOMSON, James.

THOMSON, James.

Retreats: A Series Of Designs, Consisting Of Plans And Elevations For Cottages, Villas, And Ornamental Buildings.

London, M. Taylor,

£1995

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4to. (337 x 253 mm) Bound in the original mauve moiré cloth, printed paper label to the spine; 32pp. (largely uncut), 41 plates of which 31 are hand-coloured aquatint plates and 10 engraved, 8pp. publisher’s catalogue bound in at the front of the volume; an especially bright, fresh copy.

A very attractive collection of designs for villas and garden buildings largely illustrated with hand-coloured aquatint perspective views, each with a plan printed below. James Thomson (1800-1883) enjoyed a long and successful career, practising initially in London where he was articled to J.B. Papworth. Subsequently, a large proportion of his time was spent on the Wiltshire and Somerset borders, where he designed numerous buildings for the estate of the immensely wealthy lawyer and MP, Joseph Neeld, these included lodges, schools, farm buildings, a villa, and churches. Thomson was one of the earliest members of the Institute of British Architects.

Thomson provides models for a variety of small domestic and garden buildings, much in the manner of Papworth. As Archer notes, while Thomson was not interested in ‘a discussion of architectural theory or practice, nevertheless he offered important insight into matters of style, landscape setting, function, and expression.’

Abbey Life 76 (first edition); Archer 333.3; BAL Early Printed Books 3311

Stock number: 1212