16 November 2006
Edward William Cooke, R.A. (1811-1880)
St Mary-le-Strand, London
with inscription 'Miss Winn/11 York Street/Baker Street' (on the reverse)
pencil and watercolour with gum arabic, heightened with bodycolour
6¼ x 4 5/8 in. (15.9 x 11.8 cm.)
with Spink, London.
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H. Mallalieu, The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920, Woodbridge, Suffolk, vol. I, p. 174, illustrated.
Following his training in the Italian baroque, St Mary-le-Strand was James Gibbs' first public commission. Its elaborate façade is the most conspicuously Italianate of Gibbs' designs and described by H. Colvin (A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, London, 1995, p. 399) as 'the building that ensured his great reputation as an architect'.
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