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British Architectural Library buys Lutyens work

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The British Architectural Library has acquired an important series of Edwin Lutyens' letters and a significant Lutyens model, both previously undiscovered.

The seven letters refer to Lutyens' first personal commission, the Crooksbury Country House in Surrey for Arthur Chapman. The purchase was made with the aid of Friends of the National Libraries.

The letters discuss alternative proposals for the house, explaining the options to Chapman. They are dated from January 1890 to August of the same year.

The model, which was acquired in a separate deal, is a part of the preliminary designs for a nave pier for the Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral. This purchase was only made possible with the help of the estate of Elma A J Drewitt, in memory of her father Albert J Thomas, who worked with Lutyens for 30 years.

by Ed Dorrell

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