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  • Title
    Sir John Sulman - pictorial material
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXD 963
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1864-1921, 1931, 1960
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
    Partly Digitised : 52 images
  • Physical Description
    5 albums and loose items
  • Scope and Content
    VOLUME 1
    Album of photographs - bound in leather with brass trim and latch. 30 x 23.5 cm. (108 photographs, chiefly carte de visite)
    Annotated on reverse of cover:
    `Photo Album of the family, relatives and friends of Sir John Sulman before he left for Australia in 1885. Names inserted at McMahons Point, Sydney Australia in October 1925 by J.S. aged 76.'
    Album consists mainly photographs of
    a) Family members, particularly of his grandparents and his parents, and Sulman's wife, Sarah Clark Redgate and her family including sisters Maggie, Mary, Eleanor, Julia and Annie, the Colborne and Clark families
    b) Professional associates including architects Edwards Potts (later of Potts Sulman and Hennings), J.W. Rhodes (Sulman's partner), Elphick and Newman
    c) Clients: Soper (William Garland Soper), Buckley (T.H. Buckley), Robert Tuck (Minister of George Street Congregational Church, Croydon), Phillips (also Sarah's physician), Parkinson [Dean of Ballarat Cathedral], The photographs are not arranged in chronological order
    d) Sulman's friends and acquaintances: Prince (Miss Charlotte Prince, nurse to Sarah and Arthur in Australia until 1886), Rev. Frackelton (whom he met en route to Australia in 1885), Horniman (tea merchant) and possibly related to the Redgates) and others.
    e) Loosely inserted:
    i. Silhouette of John Sulman as a young boy, annotated on reverse:
    `John Sulman born Augst 29th the dear boy now living /[18]64 at present in his 15th year may he be a blessing to the world and a glory to his God his Mothers earnest wish'
    ii. Mr Horniman Jr in costume
    iii. Commemorative poem `For our wounded Give, Australia' by Annie E. Sulman

    VOLUME 2
    Scrap Book - Red, bound, back cover separated from main body of book, with gold letterings. 29.6 x 24.8 cm. (49 sheets of drawings on butter paper pasted into book, 1 loose)
    Drawings and tracings in pencil, pen and watercolour wash by JS, 1870-1873 copied from published sources, mainly of statues and religious sculpture, architectural detail, wrought ironwork, stonework and decorative elements of architecture and buildings in France, England and Netherlands. These drawings were among those submitted by Sulman to the Royal Academy when applying for entry as a student. Although successful, he did not take the offer due to ill health.
    Sources include R.P. Spiers, Viollet-le-Duc Dictionnarie Raisonne de l'architecture francais du Xle and Xvle siecle, 10 vols, (Paris, 1854-1868), Dictionnaire Raisonne du Mobilier Francais, 6 vols, (Paris 1858-1875) Layards `Nineveh of Babylon', `Transactions, Surrey Archaeological Society, vol 1 Parts 1 and 2, `Homer's Iliad, Flaxman', Zahn's (?) `Ornaments', among others. Sulman borrowed or copied the originals at the RIBA Library.

    VOLUME 3
    Bound Album - Black, both covers separated from main body of album, some loose pages. 43 x 31.2 cm. (drawings on 44 pages, some on butter paper, with 5 loose items)
    `Scraps and Sketches collected and drawn by John Sulman Architect'. The drawings/tracings and `delineations' were executed by different architectural students besides JS, possibly for the Class of Design and Construction at the Architectural Association, London, where Sulman became a lecturer in c.1870. Some engravings, loose and bound, by architects Herbert Williams and John Brown, among others. The artworks are signed and dated by individual architects and include works by: `TH', J.W. Rhodes, W.E. Nesfield, R. Wilton, G.G. Scott and others. Clippings of engravings/lithographs of English churches are found in the latter section of the album.
    Some of the tracings done by Sulman have been copied from originals by Richard Phene Spiers, Viollet-le-Duc, and other architects, including `Proposed Infirmary and Workhouse, St Mary, Lambeth', plan traced by Sulman on 28 November 1870 from originals of competitive designs by A and C. Henston (Heuston?), Architects.

    VOLUME 4
    Bound Album - inscribed with `Churches designed by John Sulman while in practice 1870 to 1908' on frontispiece. 47 x 34 cm.
    Inside End Paper inscribed `To my wife Xmas 1915'
    Page No.
    1 Congregational Church, Caterham, Surrey, Exterior
    2 Congregational Church, Caterham, Surrey, Interior
    3 Congregational Church and Sunday Schools, Bromley, Kent
    4 Competitive design for Proposed Church of St Mark South Shields
    5 Mortuary Chapel and Cemetery Building of the Order of Reparation, Woking Cemetery
    6 Congregational Church, Schools and Ministers House, Nantmawr, Shropshire
    6 Congregational Church, Little Hadham, Herfordshire
    7 Congregational Church, Dedham, Essex 1871
    7 Congregational Church, Birdbush, Wiltshire 1871
    8 Aveling Memorial Church, Reedham
    9 Congregational Church, Deddington, Oxford
    9 Congregational Church, Sawston, Cambridgeshire
    10 (blank)
    11 Congregational Church and School, Johnstown, North Wales
    11 Congregational Church, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire
    12 Congregational Church, Dartford, Kent
    13 Congregational Church, Milton Rd, Stoke Newington
    13 Cowley Road, Congregational Church, Oxford
    14 (blank)
    15 Congregational Church, West Bromwich
    16 (blank)
    17 Congregational Church, Petersfield, Hampshire
    17 Congregational Church, Pontypridd, South Wales
    18 (blank)
    19 Congregational Church, Teignmouth, South Devon
    20 (blank)
    21 Presbyterian Church Buildings, Stoke Newington
    21 Cowper Memorial Church, Olney, Buckinghamshire
    22 (blank)
    23 Congregational Church, George Street, Croydon
    24 (blank)
    25 Congregational Church and Schools, Winslow, Buckinghamshire
    25 Congregational Church Buildings, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent
    26 (blank)
    27 Congregational Church, Beckenham, Kent
    28 Congregational School, Beckenham, Kent (loose)
    29 Congregational Church and School, Market Weighton, Yorkshire
    29 Congregational Church, Petersfield, Hampshire
    30 (blank)
    31 Congregational Church, Milton-on-Thames, Kent
    32 (blank)
    33 St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Reading
    34 (blank)
    35 Congregational Church, Chertsey, Surrey
    36 (blank)
    37 Congregational Church, Chertsey, Surrey (interior)
    38 (blank)
    39 Congregational Church, New Barnet, Hertfordshire
    40 (blank)
    41 New Congregational Church and Schools, Robert Street, Grosvenor Square, London
    42 (blank)
    43 Congregational Church, Shanklin, Isle of Wight
    44 (blank)
    45 Christ Church, Addiscombe, Surrey
    46 (blank)
    47 Congregational Church and Schools, Highbury Quadrant, London
    48 St Chad's [Anglican Church], Everton, Liverpool, (photograph, interior)
    49 St Chad's, Everton, Liverpool (photograph, elevation)
    49 St Chad's (photograph, South Aisle)
    50 Free Public Library, Wimbledon, (Potts, Sulman and Hennings) Print from The Builder, December 12, 1885.
    51 The Green Schools (Middle Class) Poplar
    52 (blank)
    53 Premiated Design for Anglican Cathedral, Ballarat, Victoria
    54 Presbyterian Church, Manly (St Andrews Presbyterian Church) (Photograph)
    55 Presbyterian Church, Woollahra (St Columbas Presbyterian Church) (loose)
    56 Presbyterian Church, Randwick (Photograph)
    56 Church of England, Springwood (Christ Church Anglican Church) (photograph of watercolour rendering)
    56 Presbyterian Church, Woollahra (St Columba's)
    57 St James Church of England, Menangle (Additions c.1898) (photograph)
    58 St Anne's Church of England, Strathfield, West End (photograph)
    58 St Anne's Church of England, Strathfield, East End (photograph)
    58 Mission Church, Flemington, (St Columba's)

    VOLUME 5
    Album of photographs and a plan of Ingleholme, (17 Boomerang Street, Turramurra, which was the Sulman residence 1895-1911) (Green, landscape format). 24.5 x 31.6 cm.
    Plan showing chronology of work on the house from 1895 until c.1910.
    Rear lawn of the house, showing family Sulman, Annie, and three children.
    Rear garden showing family as in previous photograph.
    Photograph of rear elevation of house.
    Photograph of the playroom, Ingleholme

    6-16. LOOSE ITEMS:
    6. Photograph
    George Birrell Robertson, 1910. (May have something to do with precis and annotations of poem by Robertson of `In Memoriam' in The Poetical Works of Tennyson given to Sulman by John Rhodes in 1879. `In Memoriam' is vol.VII, London, 1878, and is located in Box 4/8 ML MSS 4480)
    7. Photograph of Florence Sulman c.1960.
    8. Lithograph
    Amsterdam Exchange, Design Sulman submitted for competition c.1883
    9. Pen Sketch
    `Stone Stile at Llanvair Discoed Church in Monmouthshire' (1870 Sulman spent a few months in Monmouthshire to recover from pleurisy)
    10. Envelope of photographs (3)
    Note on front of envelope `Urgent. Please forward the enclosed to Marseilles at once - to reach Sir John Sulman before Wed morning'
    `Sir John Sulman, c/o Bank of New South Wales, 29 Threadneedle St, EC2.
    Containing three photographs of the clay model and finished bronze panel of `Augustus at Nimes' by W. Reid Dick who was commissioned by Sir John Sulman in 1930 to sculpt the panel as a gift to the National Gallery of New South Wales. (Cost 1,000 pounds). The two photographs of the model were sent by the sculptor Reid Dick and the third photograph shows the panel as installed at the Art Gallery (c.1931).
    11. Envelope of photographs (2)
    Containing two photographs of John Sulman in military uniform as First Lieutenant in the Parramatta Troop, New South Wales Regiment of Cavalry c. 1887 and as Lieutenant of the K Troop of the New South Wales Lancers 1891.
    12. Watercolour
    `The Fireplace in the New Room, [playroom] Ingleholme, Turramurra June 11, 1902, F.M.B.' (See photograph of playroom in Ingleholme album for comparison.)
    13. Photograph
    `Addiscombe' the home of Sulman's parents [opposite Womerah Avenue on Lane Cove Road, (later Pacific Highway), Turramurra] showing Sulman's parents and Florence Sulman c.1897. Sulman and Power, architects. Inscribed on reverse: `Mr and Mrs Sulman, Senr, at Addiscombe c.1896?'
    14. Clipping
    Principal Office, Mutual Life Association of Australasia, Sydney, from The Builder, 21 January 1893, Messrs Sulman & Power, Architects.
    15. Clipping
    Australian Mutual Provident Society New Buildings (AMP Society), Melbourne, (1904) Art and Architecture, 18 April1908,
    16. Folder of clippings
    Clippings of Sulman and Power Buildings
    (compiled by J. McCormack for Professor Freeland)
    a) Australian Mutual Provident Society New Buildings (demolished). The Builder, 18 April 1908, Art and Architecture, 1907, p.254. The Builder, 18 April 1908 of, Melbourne, Messrs Sulman and Power, Architects.
    b) Rossiville Asylum for the Insane (four photographs)
    First Premiated Design, Building and Engineering Journal, 30 July 1892, p.44+
    c) Australasian Joint Stock Bank, New Premises, Darling Point, Building and Engineering Journal, 10 June 1893, p.212.
    d) `Yaralla' Cottages, Concord, Building and Engineering Journal, July 1890, p.248+
    e) The Women's College, Sydney University, Building, 11 June 1921
    f) Randwick Presbyterian Church, ML Doc 381
    g) Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital (1893)
    Dutch Tower on the Wharf
    The Joanna Walker Memorial Children's Cottage Hospital
    The Walker Convalescent Hospital (postcard)
    General View of the TWCH
    h) `House at Menangle' (Gilbulla) (1889) Art and Architecture, vol 1, 1904, p.111.
    i) `House at Menangle for Lieut Col Macarthur Onslow' `Australian Domestic Architecture', Art and Architecture, vol 1, 1904, p.107.
    j) `Proposed dwelling at Turramurra for J. Bjelke Petersen Esq' [Bangalla Street], `An Australian House', Art and Architecture, vol 5, 1908, p.65.
    k) (St Columba's) Presbyterian Church, Woollahra, Daily Telegraph, 7 June 1889.
    l) Manly Presbyterian Church (St Andrew's), loose clipping, church publication, 2 pages, including historical sketch and drawing.
    m) Presbyterian Church, Manly (St Andrew's), Building and Engineering Journal, 5 November 1892, p.190.
  • System of arrangement
    Listing and research notes compiled by Zeny Edwards, Jan 2005
  • General note

    The pictorial material forms part of a collection of papers and architectural drawings, presented by the School of the Built Environment, University of NSW in 1985:
    MLMSS 4480
    Sir John Sulman - papers, 1868-1972, including research material collected by Professor J.M. Freeland. 8 boxes: boxes 7 and 8 (selected papers, 1888-1925,n.d.) are issued on Microfilm CY 4037 (321 frames).
    PXD 574
    Sir John Sulman - architectural drawings and plans of buildings in Sydney, NSW, Victoria and England. 24 drawings including watercolours of Harestone, Caterham (1879), Congregational Church in Croydon, England (1881), plans and elevations of a house at Bromley, Kent, Birkenhead New Town Hall, England, premiated design for Anglican Cathedral in Ballarat (1885), proposed design for a Centennial monument in Sydney (1888), sketch of beach scene at Balmoral (copy only) and farm buildings in Tenterfield, NSW, with Edith Sulman in foreground (copy only)
    PXD 593
    (Presented by Perpetual Trustees Co. Ltd, 1986)
    Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, Plans and Elevations, by Sulman and Power, Architects., Mutual Life Association Building, Cnr, George and Wynyard Sts, Sydney.
    `Traced and Coloured' from originals by `H.B.C' (H.B. Cranna) and `J.M.T.' (J.M. Tait) who worked in Sulman's office.
    a. Blueprint Ground Floor Plan Administrative Block
    b. No.2 Administrative Block, First Floor Plan
    c. No.3 Rear Elevation, Basement Plan, Second Floor Plan, Ambulatory, Sections of Dining Hall
    d. No.4 Men's Pavilion, Ground Floor and First Floor Plan
    e. No.5 Administrative Block, Pavilions, Side, Front and Back Elevations, Womens's Pavilion
    f. No.6 Administrative Block, Pavilions Sections, Longitudinal Sections/Pavilions, Corridor, Ambulatory
    ML MSS 4167 ADD-ON 1734 Royal Australian Institute of Architects - NSW Chapter Records 1871-1927. (Particularly Boxes 4 and 5, Sulman was a member in 1887-1892)
    Q728.4.K Plans for new Australian Club (Bound with Kirkpatrick, J. (John), New Australian Club, Plans)
    PXD 573 and ML MSS 4483, Hunt, John Horbury Collection (Typescript guide available)
    Walker Collection (James T. Walker)
    K54279- K54292, Walker Manuscripts, comprising James T. Walker's diaries
    Q049/W, James T. Walker collection of 90 volumes of newspaper cuttings including cartoons relating to Federation for references in passim to Annie Elizabeth Masefield (Sulmans second wife), Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, Womens College and St Andrews College and other buildings designed by Sulman which are connected with the Walker family
    PXD 372 National Trust of Australia Collection held in State Library of NSW (Typescript guide available).

    See also John Sulman sketchbook - RESTRICTED - containing sketches (98) made in the summer of 1872, during an 8 weeks tour as part of his award of a Pugin Travelling Studentship. The Pugin Prize was awarded by the Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects: Microfilm reel MAV/FM4/10875 RESTRICTED (original lent for copying June 2003).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 823243
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