Model of Lincoln Cathedral
England, 19th century
Signed: C. Roberton
Sepia ink on paper, wood, glass
H 16 cm, W 20,5 cm, L 27,5 cm

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The miniaturised architectural model of the Lincoln Cathedral was created around 1850 and convinces through its fine workmanship and unusual materiality. Made of paper and cardboard, the building rests on a wooden pedestal under the original convex glass dome. The details of the English building are precisely cut and drawn in sepia ink - the result is a strongly three-dimensional effect that brings the aesthetics of the Gothic cathedral to life en miniature, but unfolds an independent aesthetic quality at the same time.
The model is signed C. Roberton, he must have come from the circle of William Gorringe or at least been strongly influenced by his works. Gorringe's impressive models of English cathedrals show great similarities in technique and quality. In 2011 a special exhibition entitled The Petrified Music of Architecture was dedicated to them at the Soane Museum in London. However, C. Roberton is not a copyist of Gorringe - who had also created a model of Lincoln Cathedral - but created his own, striking version of the Gothic Cathedral.

Published in: Raum für Objekte - Ariane Laue Kunsthandel, Kat.V - Nr. 9, München 2017