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RICHARDSON (George). New Designs in Architecture, Consisting of Plans, Elevations, and Sections for various Buildings, Comprising in XLIV Folio Plates, Designed and Engraved by George Richardson, Architect. / Nouveaux desseins d'architecture, ou, plans, elevations, et coupes de divers bâtimens; Compris in Xliv Planches in Folio, dessinées et gravées par George Richardson architecte.1792

London: Printed for the Author, First edition, folio, [6], ii, 40pp., title page in English and French, parallel English-French text, dedication to the Earl of Gainsborough, with list of subscribers and 44 aquatint plates by George Richardson & Son on paper watermarked 'Lepard', small repair to lower blank margin of title and list of subscribers, some intermittent foxing and spotting to plates, recent half morocco on a cont. style, marbled boards, spine with six raised bands and heavily tooled in gilt. Richardson served his apprenticeship with the Adam brothers in Edinburgh, he then accompanied James Adam as a draftsman on the latter's Grand Tour of Italy, before working for the Adam brothers in their London office. By the late 1760s or early 1770s Richardson had left and set up on his own. The influence received from his European excursion is clearly reflected in his designs in this volume for cottages and large-scale country villas and farms/estates and urban townhouses, including extensive detail work, estaminet prices for given work, etc. Provenance: Hugh Lupus, 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899), the list of subscribers includes Richard, 1st Earl of Grosvenor, grandfather of the 1st Duke of Westminster, and this may therefore be a subscriber's copy. Abbey Life, 59; Harris, 741; RIBA, 2756; Millard, 69.

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