Cockerell, C.R. (Charles Robert), 1788-1863

Alternative names
Birth 1788-04-27
Death 1863-09-17

Biographical notes:

British architect.

From the description of C. R. Cockerell architectural drawings and notes, 1816-ca. 1835. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 145989629

From the description of Charles Robert Cockerell sketchbook leaves, ca. 1819-ca. 1822. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 84441275

English architect.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Savile Row, to an unidentified artist, 1824 Nov. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899354

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "The Bank", to an unidentified correspondent, 1842 June 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270899357

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : [n.p.], to unidentified recipients, 1849 Mar. 20 and 1850 Feb. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270876783

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to J.P. Knight, 1849 May 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270876781

Epithet: architect

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001072.0x000267

In 1829 a competition was held for a new Cambridge University Library on the site of the Old Schools and existing Library. The designs of Charles Robert Cockerell (1788-1863) were selected in preference to those of Decimus Burton, William Wilkins and Rickman and Hutchinson. Cockerell also submitted a more ambitious proposal. This, and the scale of the proposed work, led to a second competition, 1830, won by Rickman and Hutchinson. There was a pamphlet war over the proposals, 1831-35. A third competition, 1836, was won by Cockerell. The north range (the Cockerell Building, now Gonville and Caius College Library) was begun in 1837 and completed in 1842. Cockerell produced other schemes for a complete rebuilding, but the north range was the only part executed.

From the guide to the Charles Cockerell: Designs for Cambridge University Library, 1829-1840, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)


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