Albert Richardson Design for New Buildings at Christ’s College Cambridge POA

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J R Stammers (1918-??) for Sir Albert Richardson

Design for New Buildings at Christ’s College, Cambridge

Inscribed ‘PROPOSED EXTENSIONS TO CHRIST’S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE’, ‘A.E. RICHARDSON E.A.S. HOUFE’ (lower left), ‘PERSPECTIVE BY J.R. STAMMERS’ (lower right)

Pencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour

63 x 86cm (25 x 34 inches)

 

Provenance: The estate of Albert Richardson.

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Description

Sir Albert Edward Richardson K.C.V.O., F.R.I.B.A, F.S.A., P.R.A. (1880-1964) was a traditionalist, renowned for his distaste of modern architecture.  Rooted firmly in the classical period, he lived a Georgian life, refusing to have electricity in his Georgian house – until his wife finally insisted.  Professor of Architecture at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture from 1929-1955, this was evacuated to Cambridge during the war and he became a fellow of St Catharine’s College.  Following the war he was invited to make proposals for Christ’s College.  This large and impressive drawing shows his new cupola for the Stevenson building, his Chancellor’s Building and Memorial Building, and his proposal for New Court which was finally built as the controversial Modernist ‘Typewriter’ to designs by Sir Denys Lasdun.  Amongst his other achievements, Richardson was President of the RA, editor of Architect’s Journal and founder of the Georgian Group.

J R Stammers was born in 1918 in Brightlingsea.  Educated at Whitgift School and the Bartlett School, finishing in 1940, he was in the RNVR during the war and went into private practice afterwards.   Works include The Rectory, St Bride’s Fleet St, Redland House Reigate and the Royal Alexandra and Albert School Reigate.