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The Department is delighted to announce that the winner of the second Department-UL Curatorial Competition is PhD student, Max Bryant

last modified Oct 21, 2015 01:54 PM
His exhibition will run from 17 November to 23 December 2015 in the display cases at the entrance of the University Library

Please see the below information on the topic and the attached images regarding the display:

"Architectural drawings by C.R. Cockerell: Designs for the new library, schools and museums of the University of Cambridge, 1829-40".

Charles Robert Cockerell was arguably the finest British architectural draughtsman of the 19th century. This display will present a small selection of drawings representing the range and quality of his work in the medium, from rough sketches to competition entries.  

All relate to an ambitious and ultimately aborted project by the University of Cambridge to construct a vast building alongside King's College Chapel to house its lecture rooms, teaching collections and library. The survival of almost 300 drawings relating to Cockerell's designs is unprecedented for the architect, and almost all of these are in the collection of the University Library.  This will be the first public display of works from the archive since an exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1863 marking Cockerell's death.  

Alongside the display  in the entrance hall, there will also be a page on the library's website giving an account of the convoluted history of the project, and an illustrated Chronology of the  many extraordinary designs that live on in these drawings.