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Mr Buckingham's House, Dorchester, Oxfordshire; back view of a red-bricked house with trees in the foreground. 1869
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Height: 263 millimetres
Width: 191 millimetres
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- Gere 1994
This drawing played a part in the propagation of the 'Queen Anne Revival', the preferred architectural style of the Aesthetic Movement of the 1870s and 1880s (see M.Girouard, 'Sweetness and Light: The Queen Anne Movement 1860-1900', 1977). In his journal on June 20 1872, Boyce recorded: "Called upon Mr Robson and Mr J.J.Stevenson about the proposed School Board school next door to me. Mr Stevenson produced my "Back of an Old House, Dorchester" drawing, which seemed to be in his office for the sake of making people who would otherwise prefer purple slates on drab stocks [i.e. London stock brick, usually brown or dirty yellow] and cement and thin window bars and plate glass, swallow red tiles and red brick and thick window bars". Early examples of the Queen Anne style are Boyce's own house in Chelsea, completed in 1871 to the design of Philip Webb, and the house formerly in the Bayswater Road which J.J.Stevenson built for himself in 1871-3. Robson and Stevenson were appointed architects to the London School Board in 1871 and devised a simplified form of 'Queen Anne' for their schools. Given its dissimilar scale and different function, the school designed by them in Upper Cheyne Walk is an unexpectedly harmonious next-door neighbour to Boyce's house in Glebe Place.
The following text is taken from the label for the British Museum display 'Sketchbooks and Watercolours by Joanna and George Price Boyce':
During the 1860s, George Boyce spent his summers painting the countryside and villages of the Thames valley between Reading and Oxford. He retained a keen interest in architecture from his younger days, and found the structure of old buildings a particularly appealing subject. He has adopted an idiosyncratic viewpoint for this watercolour, focusing on the brickwork and the patterns made by the roofs and chimneys, rather than on the building as a whole.
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- Exhibition history
1994-1995 Sep-Jan, BM, Pre-Raphaelite Drawings, no.51
2012 May-Jul, BM, P&D, Room 90, 'Joanna and George Price Boyce'
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