1941. SMIRKE, Sydney, and W.R.H. Essex. ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENTATIONS AND EMBELLISHMENTS, AND PAINTED GLASS, OF THE TEMPLE CHURCH, LONDON. London: John Weale, 1845. 4to. Later half green morocco, marbled boards. Frontispiece plate. (iv), 15, (1) pages, 30 plates which includes the frontispiece and 4 double-page, comprising 19 printed in chromolithography, 4 tinted lithographs and 7 uncolored lithographs or engraved plans. The Temple Church had received a partial restoration by Sir Robert Smirke in 1825-1830, but a more comprehensive restoration was undertaken by Sydney Smir (Sir Robert Smirke's brother) and Decimus Burton in 1841-1843. Unusual for t period, the oppportunity was also taken to decorate the church's walls and ceilings with mural paintings, and the colored plates which illustrate these the church's stained glass windows (designed by Thomas Willement) have turned out to be an unexpectedly useful record, as the interior of the church was destroyed in the London blitz in 1941. Sydney Smirke and the architectural draughtsman W.R.H. Essex here provide separate sections of explanatory text. Chromolithography plates by Day & Haghe. Small oval stamp of the Mercantile Library, New York, on the title and most plates, else very good. (Inventory #: 39710)
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