A. W. N. Pugin

The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin, Vol. 4: 1849–1850

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To JOHN GREGORY CRACERamsgate, February 1849?

Text: MS RIBA PUG. 6/11   Address: none   Postmark: none

My Dear Sir

I beg to acknowledge with thanks the safe arrival—of the cheque for £50—I will send you the drawings for the tables tomorrow & the other things as soon as possible—but I dont understand what you mean by Brocatelle—your window will soon be ready.2 I allways thought your name was Frederick—I thought I heard your wife call you so.3 formerly I used to write J. but changed it on that account.

  • ever yours truly      
  • ✠AWelby Pugin

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Editor’s Note
1 The MS is endorsed '1849 Pugin Feby'.
Editor’s Note
2 The earliest instance of 'brocatelle' recorded in the OED is found in 1669; it is a fabric imitating brocade.
For Crace, Pugin designed windows for Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford, an Irish property of the Duke of Devonshire, and drew cartoons for Bolton Abbey, but neither commission is known to have been given as early as February 1849. The glass for Lismore is entered in SGDB at 10 August 1850 and consists of nine lights of heraldic shields costing £28. 7s. The commission for Bolton Abbey came also from the duke, who owned the land in Yorkshire on which the ruined twelfth-century Augustinian priory, rather than abbey, stood. Only the nave survived the depredations of the Reformation and Crace was asked to restore it. The cartoons for the project, with which Hardman had nothing to do, are charged in Pugin's account with Crace for 1850, MS RIBA PUG. 13, 'Cartoons for Bolton abbey windows', at £100 with a note of 'one set not done'; and in Crace's account with Pugin for the same year similar information is recorded: 'Drawings for Stained Glass for Bolton Abbey' cost £100 with still '1 set of Cartoons to complete'. Pugin's cartoons depicted scenes from the life of Christ; those which survive are catalogued in Wedgwood 1977.
William George Spencer Cavendish (1790–1858) succeeded his father as Duke of Devonshire in 1811.
Editor’s Note
3 Frederick was the Christian name of J. G. Crace's father.
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