Thomas Rickman exhibition now open

West Walton church by John Sell Cotman

We’re delighted that the first staging post of our travelling Thomas Rickman exhibition has now opened. The main exhibition is outside Special Collections and Archives on the ground floor of the Sydney Jones Library and there is an additional case in the Harold Cohen Library, both on the Liverpool University main campus.

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • An original first edition of Rickman’s An Attempt to Discriminate the Styles of Architecture (1817) and copies of every subsequent edition
  • The handwritten text of Rickman’s lecture on modern church architecture delivered to the Liverpool Literary and Philosopical Institute
  • A manuscript letter from Thomas Rickman to Matthew Gregson
  • The copy of Rickman’s book owned an annotated by his friend William Whewell, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • William Roscoe’s proprietor’s ticket for the Liverpool Royal Institution
  • Etchings of churches by John Sell Cotman (1782-1842).

We’d like to thank Katy Hooper, Suzanne Yee, Beth and Robyn, and all the staff of Special Collections and Archives for making the exhibition possible.