Six Cottages at Elmesthrorpe near Leicester for the Earl of Lovelace by C. F. A. Voysey. Before 1897. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

“The Six Cottages, Elmesthorpe, for the Earl of Lovelace, are particularly picturesque, and they are moreover, extremely commodious and compact. The porches coupled in pairs, with the great eaves of thatch brought over them, help to give a sense of shelter that suggests a hen cover ing her chickens. The bench outside each porch is the only addition to the bare necessities of a house, and yet this simple and inexpensive item betrays sympathy with the inmates — a reward of rest after honest labour. In touches of this sort Mr. Voysey betrays plainly the accord with humanity which softens the apparent austerity of his work. His "extras" do not take the form of ornament, not even of a decorated inscription setting forth the glory of the architect; but when they are apparent, they are invariably planned to yield some little pleasure to the occupants.” [The Studio, 23-24]

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References

"G." "The Revival of English Domestic Architecture VI. The Work of Mr. C. F. A. Voysey." The Studio 11 (1897): 16-25. Internet Archive version of a copy from an unidentified library. Web. 8 May 2013.


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