William Butterfield Collection (023)

William Butterfield Collection (023)

The collection documents Butterfield's design for the Temple Reading Room and Art Gallery at the Rugby School, Warwickshire, 1878-1879.  Holdings include four contract drawings, signed by T.W. Jex-Blake (Headmaster 1874-1887) and John Parnell and Son (builders from Rugby who worked for Butterfield at the School). 

Biographical / Historical Sketch

British architect William Butterfield (1814-1900) was among the earliest and best-known proponents of Ruskinian constructional polychromy.  A devout member of the Church of England, he completed much of his work under the patronage of the Ecclesiological Society and its supporters.  His major works include All Saints, Margaret Street (1850-1863) in London and Keble College at Oxford (1870-1877).  Butterfield's work at the Rugby School, Warwickshire, was executed over a period of about twenty-six years beginning in 1858. 

Scope and Content Note

The collection documents Butterfield's design for the Temple Reading Room and Art Gallery at the Rugby School, Warwickshire, 1878-1879.  Holdings include four contract drawings, signed by T. W. Jex-Blake (Headmaster 1874-1887) and John Parnell and Son (builders from Rugby who worked for Butterfield at the School).  Drawings include the Ground Floor Plan, no. 3; First Floor Plan and Attic Plan, no. 4; South Elevation and East Elevation, no. 6; and Two Sections and Details of Flooring and Marble Piers, no. 9. 

Gift of G. Holmes Perkins, 1982.