A new image every month celebrating architecture, chosen from RIBApix, where you will discover over 60,000 images on architecture, landscape and the decorative arts.
Father to Royal Gold Medal winner and RIBA President Charles Robert Cockerell, Samuel Pepys Cockerell’s (1753-1827) influence on architecture – like that of his son – can still be felt today. Combining the Neo-Classical with the exotic, S. P. Cockerell’s Sezincote is a country house with architectural features drawn directly from Mogul architecture. A decade later after its completion in 1805, this fanciful concoction sporting an onion dome, patterned railings, peacock-tail windows and minarets became one of the inspirations for John Nash’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton.
This month’s image shows the interior of the house. With its more classical appearance, the inside is more restrained than Cockerell’s oriental-style exterior. Although the subject (19th century) and photograph (1931) are not new, the original photoprint from the Architectural Press Archive has only recently been digitised for RIBApix, where more images of Sezincote, including original drawings, plans and of the exterior, can be found.