Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00249 - Anthony Salvin Papers

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Anthony Salvin Papers


  • 1828-[ca. 1862] (Creation)

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1 box and 1 vol., 46 architectural drawings (2 metres)

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Biographical history

Anthony Salvin was a 19th century British architect. He came from a Durham family, and went to London, where he became a pupil of John Nash. He then started his own practice, which lasted for some 60 years, where he became an expert in medieval fortifications, building and altering over 73 country houses. He did much restoration work on Windsor Castle and the Jewel House at The Tower of London. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1836, became vice-president in 1839, and in 1863 the Institute conferred its gold medal on him.

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Presented to the University of Toronto Library by Mr. Hugh Calverlev, 1966.

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The collection consists of architectural drawings for various projects by the British architect Salvin. Drawings are either executed by Salvin himself or by other architects or draughtsmen in his office. Additional material includes: 8 photographs of Salvin projects; 5 drawings by Salvin's wife, Anne Andrews (Nesfield) Salvin; a catalogue of Salvin's library at Elmshurst; and engravings of British cathedrals.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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