Selected: COCKERELL, CHARLES ROBERT #


Born: 1788
Died: 1863


English architect, for whom see Directory of British Architects 1834-1914 (RIBA 2001), 401-2, and Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008), 260-265 . In Ireland Cockerell designed Loughcrew, Co. Meath (1820-26) for James Lenox William Naper,(1) the Gilson Endowed School at Oldcastle, Co. Meath (1823), of which Naper was a trustee,(2) and a farmhouse at Crossdrum, near Oldcastle (1825), the remodelling of Kinturk House, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath (1821), for William Pollard(3) and the remodelling of Greenmount, Co. Antrim (1823-1825) for Mrs Anna Thompson.(4)   His diaries record visits to Ireland in 1821,1823,1825 and 1827.(5)  On 10 February 1840 he wrote to RICHARD MORRISON RICHARD MORRISON , accepting the latter's invitation to him to become an honorary member of the newly formed Institute of Architects of Ireland: 'In Ireland I have experienced some of the most delightful hours of my Art, in modern works as well especially of those of the middle of the last century. I sought and obtained with enthusiasm the acquaintace of the memorable and liberal Mr. Johnston, always counting the Portico of the Post Office one of the most efficient works of modern times. I have traced your own works with the greatest pleasure, tho' never so fortunate as to meet you. I retain the most agreeable remembrance of your beautiful Country and Metroplis and wish I could often see them, but the distance and a family and occupations here preclude it.'(6) Charles Robert Cockerell was the father of FREDERICK PEPYS COCKERELL.  FREDERICK PEPYS COCKERELL.

See WORKS, for Irish work only, and BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.

References


(1) 6 drawings in RIBA, see Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects C-F (1972), 32.
(2) Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 449.
(3) Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 195; Mark Bence-Jones,  Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 74.
(4) Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (4th edn., 2008) , 264, citing Cockerell's diary in RIBA drawings collection.
(5) For his visits of 1823 and 1825, see Lynda Mulvin, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's encounter with Ireland,: drawings, observations and buildings', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 12 (2009), 131-157(illus.).  A small  collection of four sketch  plans and a perspective view by Cockerell of Irish houses (Summerhill, Kilruddery Powerscourt and  Castletown, Co. Kildare) was sold at Sotheby's on 22 May 1886 (Lot 256). 
(6) Original letter in RIAI archives (copies in IAA).

5 work entries listed in chronological order for COCKERELL, CHARLES ROBERT #


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Building: CO. MEATH, LOUGHCREW HOUSE
Date: 1820-26
Nature: New house. For James Lenox William Naper. Also lodge, lake, garden and conservatory. (House destroyed by fire, 1888.)
Refs: Diaries of C.P. Cockerell, 1821-1822,1824-1828, in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Archive, CoC\9\2-6 (Box 9) and CoC\10\1-3 (Box 10);  also letter from CRC to Sir Francis Beaufort, 11 Oct 1820, CoC:Add\3\45 (Box 13);  also 6 drawings in RIBA Drawings Collection, SC87/15(7), see Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects C-F (1972), 32; 3 sheets of designs, 1 s & d. 1825, sold Bloomsbury Book Sales, London, 9 Dec 1999; Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 384;  Lynda Mulvin, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's encounter with Ireland,: drawings, observations and buildings', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 12 (2009),140-147(illus.).

Building: CO. MEATH, OLDCASTLE, GILSON ENDOWED SCHOOLS
Date: 1823
Nature: Palladian. J.L. Naper of Loughcrew House was one of the school's trustees. Builders: Robert McCartney, Dorset St, and Thomas Baker, North Strand, Dublin.
Refs: Contract between Trustees and builders, with specification, 1823, in IAA, Acc. 85/182;  Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 449,pl. 85;  Lynda Mulvin, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's encounter with Ireland,: drawings, observations and buildings', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 12 (2009),151(illus.).

Building: CO. ANTRIM, GREENMOUNT (ANTRIM)
Date: 1823-1824
Nature: Remodelling of house for Mrs Anna Thompson. (Now gutted and part of Greenmount Agricultural College.)
Refs: Diaries of C.P. Cockerell, 1821-1822,1824-1828, in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Archive, CoC\9\4 -5(Box 9), see see British Architectural Library Catalogue, http://riba.sirsidynix.net.uk/ (last visted Jun 2009).

Building: CO. MEATH, CROSSDRUM (OLDCASTLE), FARMHOUSE
Date: 1825
Nature: Proposed farmhouse.
Refs: Diary of C.P. Cockerell, 1825, in in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Archive, CoC\9\6 (Box 9), see British Architectural Library Catalogue, http://riba.sirsidynix.net.uk/ (last visitedJun 2009); for a possible identification of the house, see Lynda Mulvin, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's encounter with Ireland,: drawings, observations and buildings', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 12 (2009),151-154(illus.).

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, KINTURK HOUSE (ALIAS CASTLE POLLARD)
Date: 1825-26
Nature: Remodelling and extension, for William Dutton Pollard.
Refs: Diaries of C.P. Cockerell, 1821-1822,1824-1828, in Victoria & Albert Museum, RIBA Archive, CoC\9\6 (Box 9) and CoC\10\1 (Box 10), see British Architectural Library Catalogue, http://riba.sirsidynix.net.uk/ (last visited Jun 2009);  Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 195; Mark Bence-Jones, Burke’s Guide to Country Houses. Volume I, Ireland. (London, 1978), 74;  Lynda Mulvin, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's encounter with Ireland,: drawings, observations and buildings', Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies 12 (2009),147-151(illus.).

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Harris, John 'C.R. Cockerell's 'Ichnographica Domestica'' 1971 Architectural History 14 (1971), 5-29.