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BURTON, Decimus (1800-1881). Architect.
Autograph Letter Signed to ?W[illiam] Brockedon (1787-1854, painter, writer, and inventor), 2½ pages 8vo, with address-leaf, Spring Garden, 13 December 1827. Explaining that his brother had been unable to execute Brockedon's commissions on the Continent.
'... The book which you mentioned ... was not to be had at Nismes, Arles, Nice nor Genoa. And, he did not travel by the route between Nice and Turin, and therefore lost the opportunity of seeing the inscription cut in the rock. ... He says the new road from Nice to Genoa following the sea shore is a magnificent and skilful work.'
An endorsement on the address-leaf, presumably by Brockedon, identifies Burton as 'an eminent architect of the entrances at Hyde Park corner - the Athenaeum, St Leonard's etc.'. The building of the Athenaeum clubhouse was executed between 1829 and 1830. Brockedon himself was elected a member of the Club on 12 June 1830.

£175 [No: 21477]
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