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Reverend Cheok Hong Cheong dwelling, Castlecrag, Sydney, New South Wales, ca. 1921 [picture] / Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahony Griffin
Bib ID 1669933
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Griffin, Walter Burley, 1876-1937
 
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Description ca. 1921 
1 architectural drawing : lithograph, black ink, watercolour and gouache on silk sateen ; image 107.5 x 52.9 cm., on sheet 119 x 52.9 cm. 
Summary

"This is a perspective view of the Griffins' 1922 house for the Reverend Cheok Hong Cheong at Castlecrag, a community also of their design. The house still stands at Lot 53, The Parapet. Along with his role as client, Cheong was a shareholder in the Griffins' corporation, the Greater Sydney Development Association (GSDA). Although unsigned, the drawing likely is by Marion Griffin. Representing the compact, cubic house as but a diminutive element set within luxuriant bush garden, the image beautifully encapsulates Walter and Marion's ideal of a community in which dwellings deferred to the primacy of nature. The letters "CRAG" (likely fragment of the word 'Castlecrag') are faintly legible across the lower portion of the drawing. This possibly was the result of the image having been displayed in the window of the Griffins' GSDA office at 35 Bligh Street, Sydney ..."--Auction catalogue: Shapiro Auctioneers, formerly Phillips Auctions, Modern + contemporary: Lot 353, 9 May 2002, p. 177.

Notes

Condition: Good/fair; extreme fading, creased and wrinkled.

"[Floor plan diagram] Rev. C.H. Cheong, Dwelling, Castlecrag, Sydney, N.S.W. Walter Burley Griffin, Architect [signature]"--Lower right on image.

"ECRAG"--Lower border.

Title from inscription and auction catalogue.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-136739468

Source of Acquisition "Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. The estate of Eric Nicholls and thence by descent."--Auction catalogue: Shapiro Auctioneers, formerly Phillips Auctions, Modern + contemporary: Lot 353, 9 May 2002, p. 177. 
Subjects Cheong, Cheok Hong, 1851-1928 -- Homes and haunts -- Pictorial works.  |  Architecture, Domestic -- New South Wales -- Castlecrag -- Designs and plans -- Pictorial works.
Other authors/contributors Griffin, Marion Mahony, 1871-1961
Terms of Use Copyright restrictions may apply. 
Exhibited Exhibited: "The Dream of a Century : The Griffins in Australia's Capital" - Temporary Exhibition Gallery, National Library of Australia, 8 March 2013 - 10 June 2013.  Exhibited: "Beyond architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin in America, Australia and India", Powerhouse Museum, Syndey, 22 July 1998 - 2 May 1999. 

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