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Design for University College, Bristol

Design for University College, Bristol

This pen and ink drawing of a proposed building for the University College, Bristol, was drawn by Charles Hansom, c.1880. The building was not built, but it would have been situated in University Road. Charles Francis Hansom (1817-1888), Architect was born in York, and was the brother Joseph Aloysius Hansom (18031882), architect and inventor of the safety cab. By 1845 he had moved to Clifton in Bristol, and by the 1860s his son Edward worked in partnership with him, until his departure in 1871. Hansom was a founding member of the Bristol Society of Architects. He went into partnership with his former pupil Frederick Bligh Bond (18611945), and this design for a building for the new University College Bristol (founded in 1876) dates from this period. Special Collections holds an extensive collection of architectural drawings, photographs, and files relating to the design and maintenance of buildings belonging to the University of Bristol. This drawing is on display at an exhibition at the Bristol Architecture Centre entitled 'The University of Bristol's Buildings: past, present and future', from 1 July to 31 August 2009. DM506/65