The life and work of Sir John Sulman 1849-1934

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2006
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NO FULL TEXT AVAILABLE. Access is restricted indefinitely. ----- This thesis is an assessment of the life and work of Sir John Sulman (18491934). It is presented in three volumes: Volume I covers Sulman in England (1849-1885). It discusses his formative years and early education in Greenwich, his education at the Architectural Association in London and his early training as an architect with various practitioners, particularly with Thomas Allom and Harry Newton. It analyses his first major written work, 'Summary of Building Construction' (1869-1870) and traces his steps during the Pugin Travelling Studentship (1872). It describes his partnership with John W. Rhodes and his friendship with Aston Webb. It gives an account of his marriage to Sarah Clark Redgate. It provides detailed descriptions and analyses of his significant church designs (Congregational, Presbyterian and Anglican) and domestic designs. It identifies the people who figured prominently in his life during this period. It provides an account of his last years in England before embarking on a voyage in 1885 to seek a drier climate in Australia for Sarah who had become ill with consumption. Volume II covers Sulman in Australia (1885-1934). It discusses his first impressions of the Australian colonies, the commencement of his Sydney practice and his first partnership with C.H.E. Blackmann. It gives a detailed account of his involvement with the Institute of Architects of New South Wales and his feud with John Horbury Hunt. It provides a comprehensive analysis of his articles on 'An Australian Style' of architecture, and the evolution of his ideas on Australian domestic architecture. It provides detailed descriptions and analyses of his significant designs: churches, residences, banks, educational institutions and hospitals. It discusses his partnership with Joseph Porter Power, his relationship with the Walker family and his marriage to Annie Elizabeth Masefield, Joanna Walker's adopted daughter. It discusses his career in education as a lecturer at the University of Sydney on Building Construction and the History of Architecture (1887-1912) and on Town Planning (1919-1926). It traces his achievements as president of the National Art Gallery of New South Wales (1919-1934). It discusses his career as a town planner including his advocacy for the North Shore Tunnel Scheme, his plan to develop Wahroonga as a Garden Suburb, his efforts to promote the cause of town planning in Australia, his role in the development of Canberra; and gives an insight into his private life and his little-known political views. It concludes with a summary of Sulman's impact on Australian culture and society and his influence on twenty-first century Australia. Volume III contains the appendices: the family tree, letters, an illustrated catalogue of the Pugin Travelling Studentship sketches, a list of his exhibited works at the Royal Academy, inventories of the private Sulman family archives, illustrated catalogues of his architectural work in England and Australia, and the bibliography.
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