An original mid-20th-century watercolour painting, P. Faulkner Palladian Steps.
Watercolour with graphite. A precise architectural study with dramatic light and shade.
In fine condition.
28cm x 22.6cm.
Patrick Arthur Faulkner (fl. 1930s-1980s) was an eminent architectural historian and outstanding architectural draughtsman. He pioneered “structural archaeology” in the 1960s, a discipline whereby the informed, visual examination of a structure can enable its history to be deduced.
Faulkner authored seminal books, journal articles and reports in this field. His interest in and commitment to the conservation of historic buildings finds evidence in this fascinating collection of architectural drawings dating from around the 1940s.
The collection features numerous churches, abbeys, castles, palaces and civic buildings. He focuses in on noteworthy architectural details such as the Rose Window at the south transept in Westminster Abbey and the west end of the nave at Tewksbury. Faulkner was especially interested in castles, and medieval fortifications in particular. His work in the 1950s on domestic planning kick-started a renaissance in castle studies. This collection includes drawings at the 14th-century moated castle Bodiam in East Sussex and the 11th century ruins at Corfe in Dorset, as well as other medieval scenes.
The drawings, exacting in detail and proportion, not only show his academic knowledge of structural history and engineering, but also a strong aesthetic sensibility. Many are carefully worked up vignettes, signed and dated, and sometimes coloured, showing an aesthetic intention for these studies beyond the purely technical.
Faulkner often populated his drawings with figures in historical dress, giving not only a sense of scale but of the human life of these buildings, and that manmade architecture is inextricable from the history of the people who built it.