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William Butterfield architectural and design drawings, 1838-1896

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Butterfield (William) Architectural and design drawings

Scope and Content of Collection

A broadly representative selection of drawings for building and manufacture of designs, representing the various types of commissions Butterfield received and illustrating his work in promoting Gothic Revival. Also included are building estimates as well as record drawings (measured drawings) of buildings not designed by Butterfield.

Building designs include drawings for 25 projects: churches and chapels, schools and hospitals. 58 plans, elevations, sections, and details (altars, screens, choir stalls, pavement patterns, pulpits, fonts, etc.) document the following church and chapel buildings: Severn-Stoke Church, 1838-1839; All Saints, Babbacombe, Devon, 1865-1874 (3); All Saints, Hastings, 1888-1889 (1); Ault Hucknall, Derbyshire, 1885-1888 (1); Balliol College Chapel, Oxford, ca. 1856 (1); Caterham Barracks Chapel, 1885-1887 (3); Christ Church, Albany St., London, 1883-1884 (2); Dalton, Yorkshire, 1868 (1); Fulham Palace Chapel, ca. 1864-1867; St. Andrew's, Rugby, ca. 1877 (4); St. Alban's, Baldwins Gardens, ca. 1855 (1); St. Augustine's, Bournemouth, 1891-1892 (1); St. Augustine's, South Kensington, London, ca. 1870 (5); St. Bartholomew Hyde, Winchester, 1865 (1); St. Bee's, Cumberland, 1886 (1); St. Clement's, Hastings, 1872-1876 (1); St. Denis, East Hatley, Cambridgeshire, ca. 1874 (8); St. Mary Magdalene, Enfield, 1881-1883 (3); St. Mary's Warwick, 1886 (1); St. Michael's, Winchester, 1879-1882 (1); Sedgebarrow, Worcestershire, 1867-1868 (1); Shaw, Berkshire, 1875-1878 (1); Tottenham All Hallows Church, 1875 (1); Winchester College, Large Chapel (1); also unidentified designs, including a design for a sculpture on the theme of the Passion, 1877. 120 drawings document designs for St. Michael's Hospital, Axbridge, Somerset (1878-1882) and Rugby School (1867-1885).

Ecclesiastical objects designed by Butterfield are documented with drawings of furnishings and ritual objects. Butterfield's designs for church plate were adapted for use internationally, representative examples having been published by the Ecclesiological Society (formerly the Cambridge Camden Society) between 1847 and 1856. Many have materials and sizes indicated. The types represented: alms dish (3); altar frontal (1); candlestick (9); cathedra (1); chalice, paten and alms dish (3); communion service (1); cruet (1); desk (3); ewer (1); flagon (5); hinge (1); lectern (11); lighting fixture (16); litany stool (1); memorial (6); vase (4).

Estimates include 10 letters about manufacture of objects and work with contractors. A few drawings in other series include attached estimates.

Memorials include six identified designs and a memorial in Romsey Abbey for an unidentified person.

Record drawings, not by Butterfield, document Great Mongeham Church, Kent (14 drawings) and St. John the Baptist, Shottesbrooke, Berkshire (17 items), prepared for the 1844 publication on the building by the Oxford Architectural Society as an example of the English Gothic style. Also, one original print after a drawing by Butterfield of the Shottesbrooke Church.

Arrangement note

Arranged in five series:
Series I. Building designs;
Series II. Ecclesiastical objects;
Series III. Estimates;
Series IV. Memorials;
Series V. Record drawings




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