Description

These two drawings are by John Buckler and his son John Chessell Buckler.

Library at Browsholme Hall

John Buckler, artist and occasional architect, produced this study of the Library at Browsholme Hall for Thomas Lister Parker (1779–1858) who succeeded to the Browsholme estate in 1797. Parker had recently completed alterations to the Hall, rebuilding the west wing entirely. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Parker accrued a large collection of architectural drawings by Buckler and commissioned him to complete a set of Browsholme illustrations in 1808, including this example. The focus of Buckler’s study is a lavishly carved period fireplace, with the Parker coat of arms inlaid.

All Saints Church in Kedleston

This is the south doorway of All Saints Church in Kedleston, Derbyshire, drawn by the architect John Chessell Buckler. A round-headed arch decorated with a zigzag moulding and bird heads encloses a tympanum carved with a figure on horseback. Now heavily weathered, this is the only part of the church which is of Norman origin. The drawing exhibits Buckler’s concern for accuracy in representation, as he diligently reproduces the ruined state of the tympanum sculpture.

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