Hope's garland : on a letter addressed to Francis Annesley Esqr. M.P. by Thomas Hope Esqr.
- Great Britain, 1804?
- Physical Description:
- 1 v. (8 p.) ; 24 cm.
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsLF176 .H67 1804Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon CollectionAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- In 1804, Thomas Hope authored Observations on the plans and elevations designed by James Wyatt, architect, for Downing College, Cambridge, in which Hope was highly critical of the Roman Doric designs submitted by Wyatt (then president of the Royal Academy). In the same pamphlet, Hope declared his preference for the neo-Greek designs (with less unnecessary ornament) submitted by William Wilkins. Wilkins' designs were ultimately the winning submission. In defense of their president, Royal Academicians excluded Hope from their dinner of 28 April 1804. One Academy member, Henry Tresham, using the soubriquet "Diagonetto", issued a single sheet ballad in six verses entitled "Hope's Garland", ridiculing Hope's pretensions as a connoisseur of architecture. Tresham then distributed the lampoon to Royal Academicians on the day of the dinner. Tresham's attack on Hope embarrassed the Academy, who did not want to so offend a wealthy and important patron of the arts. Wyatt and Joseph Farington later formally apologized to Hope. Cf. Holger Hoock. "From Beefsteak to Turtle: Artists' Dinner Culture in Eighteenth-Century London." The Huntington Library Quarterly, v. 66, no. 1/2 (2003): 27-54.
Bound in quarter morocco and marbled boards.
Manuscript copy, in pen and brown ink, of Henry Tresham's ballad, "Hope's garland: on a letter addressed to Francis Annesley Esqr. M.P. by Thomas Hope Esqr." The title page and 6 pages of verse are copied in a single, unidentified hand. Wording of the verse appears to be identical to that of the printed version circulated by Tresham (see note in British Architectural Library. Early printed books, no. 1548). The present manuscript copy is bound with the pamphlet it attacks: Observations on the plans and elevations designed by James Wyatt, architect, for Downing College, Cambridge: in a letter to Francis Annesley, by Thomas Hope (London: D.N. Shury, 1804).
- Subject Terms:
- Annesley, Francis, fl. 1744.Architecture -- England -- Cambridge.Cambridge (England) -- Building, structures, etc.Downing College (University of Cambridge) -- Buildings.Hope, Thomas, 1770?-1831.Hope, Thomas, 1770?-1831. Observations on the plans and elevations designed by James Wyatt, architect, for Downing College, Cambridge.Tresham, Henry, 1749?-1814.University of Cambridge -- Buildings.Wyatt, James, 1746-1813.
Henry Tresham, Hope's Garland. Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection.