Battersea Polytechnic (now the University of Surrey), London, England, UK, 1894, E. W. Mountford

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Battersea Polytechnic (now the University of Surrey), London, England, UK
E. W. Mountford, architect(s). From the American Architect and Building News, August 11, 1894. 17.75 by 13.25 inches. VG+.
Hand-colored Original Plan. The University of Surrey began as the Battersea Polytechnic Institute founded in 1891 under the City of London Parochial Charities Act (1883) scheme to establish Polytechnic Institutes throughout London. Situated in Battersea Park Road, the Institute was the second of three proposed Polytechnics for South London and was formally opened in 1894 with six main departments: Mechanical Engineering and Building Trades, Electrical Engineering and Physics, Chemistry, Women's Subjects, and Art and Music. The Polytechnic, Institute was dropped from the title in 1898, was well-established by 1900 although courses were mainly part-time. From 1901 the Principal, S.H. Wells promoted the establishment of "feeder" institutes for the Polytechnic, these later came under the London County Council but remained closely associated with Battersea. Through the employment of teachers recognised by the University of London full-time degree courses were established and the Polytechnic enjoyed considerable academic success leading to application for recognition as a School of the University in 1911. This picture is extremely hard to find. The American Architect and Building News had a very small circulation during this time and these original photogravures only appeared in a very limited number of issues that were distributed to a few prominent architects. This is from the architect Bruce Price's collection. It measures 17.75 by 13.25 inches. LARGE PICTURE. Has a mat border and foam core backing (not attached to the picture). The whole picture measures approximately 19.5 by 16 inches (with border). Extraordinary detail in this early photographic print. Shrink wrapped. Plan is in VG condition with browning around the edges, a crease down the middle, and light crinkling.

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