London: Not published, 1850. First Edition. Unbound. Octavo (8vo). Very good+ condition. Item #017220
Three page letter written and signed by English architect George Gilbert Scott. Written to Rev. Edwin Baines? Dated August 10th, 1850, it reads "My dear Sir, I ought to have apologized for sending an imperfect drawing of the roof. I found when I can to refer to my tracing or your plan that I did not know its' scale so that I might have got quite wrong. I was also puzzled as to fitting it to the apse. N Lomen? your Builder should send me the plan or what he prefers in this ???? I will make any suggestions which occur to me. I confess I am not partial to a gold coloured glazing. I think however the majority of the "Cathedral" plan is much too cold. I have however seen the Cath[edral[ of a warmer green which is much better I think. I obtained the specimen I saw from Mr. Wailes of Newcastle. Perhaps the best way is to get a large number of the carvers and to select from among them ?? ??? wjocj seems most pleasing. Here the yellow kind, you would not like. I remain my obedient yours faithfully [signed] Geo: Gilbert Scott." Some of the words are not legible but it is clear that Scott is providing reccomenation for materials selection for a Cathedral renovation or construction. Prominent in the Gothic Revival, Scott designed many public structures. Director of a vast amount of Gothic restoration work, beginning with renovations of Ely Cathedral (1847), including Westminster Abbey (upon the North Front Chapter House), and many other cathedrals and churches. His design for the Church of St. Nicholas in Hamburg, Germany won first place in an 1844 competition. Among his other designs were the buildings for the British Home and Foreign Office (1860-1870), the Albert Memorial, and St. Pancras Station in London. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. His grandson is Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.