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The Ben Weinreb Collection of Architectural Drawings

Watercolor on board. Click to enlarge.

Richard Phené Spiers
The Theseion, Athens
19th century
Watercolor on board
10 1/3 x 15 9/16" (26 x 39.5 cm)

The Ben Weinreb collection of architectural drawings contains over 3,400 designs and works of art, primarily from England, France, Italy, and Germany. Part of a larger collection of architectural books, periodicals, and manuscripts, the art and design collection includes paintings, watercolors, prints, and travel sketchbooks. Works are predominantly by British architects and artists, including Sir Charles Barry, Reginald Blomfield, Augustus Wall Callcott, T. "Raffles" Davison, Thomas and William Daniell, John Burges Watson, and William Morris & Company. Also represented are French and Italian creators Tommaso Arrighetti, François Franque II, Victor Jean Nicolle, Lorenzo Scchetti, and others. A variety of architectural subjects include archaeological and historical sites throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as architectural designs for commercial and residential buildings, ornaments, and furniture.

The collection is organized in three series:

I. Works by named artists, 15-- to 1942 (768 items)
II. Works by unidentified artists, 1613 to 1924 (538 items)
III. Sketchbooks and portfolios, 17-- to 1927 (2,120 items in 51 sketchbooks or portfolios)

 

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