The Sunday Supplement:
Books; The Picton Reading Room & Hornby Library, Liverpool
The Picton Reading Room is now a part of the Liverpool Central Library, which recently re-opened after extensive refurbishment.
Built to the design of Cornelious Sherlock (1875-79), this circular building is based on the British Museum Reading Room (1854-57). It has a diameter of 100 feet (30 metres) retaining its book cases and cast-iron gallery (a second, higher, gallery was added later). Attached to the rear of this building is the Hornby Library, opened in 1906 and funded by Hugh Frederick Hornby to house his bequest of books and prints. This building was designed by Thomas Shelmerdine.
The images show the circular construction from the first floor of the cast iron gallery, a commemorative plate celebrating Picton’s generosity and service to the City of Liverpool, detail of the cast iron staircases and finally, a view of the main room of the Hornby Library.
This is a magnificent building and book depository with free public access and the most helpful of staff. And even if you’re not interested in books just go and marvel at the architecture!
This post is serving two purposes… Firstly, it’s for yama-bato, who has a great love for Chinese and Japanese art. I saw this book in Liverpool library recently & just had to take a picture. Do, I hope you may be able to get a copy - if you’ve not already got one! - wherever you may be.
Secondly, this image is also here to announce a new series of images about books and will be the first feature in a new series provisionally entitled "The Sunday Supplement". Each series featured will last for about four weeks using Tumblr photo sets. “Books” will start on Sunday 4 August 2013.
Inspiration for Rainy Summer Days…
I bought two new photography books from a charity shop supporting St. Richard’s Hospice in Worcester on Wednesday: Jane Bown’s “The Gentle Eye” published in connection with an exhibition of her work at the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1980-81, and the Phaidon paperback edition of Elliott Erwitt’s “Dogs”.
I’ve long admired the work of both photographers especially Jane’s, whose thoughtful images were regularly featured in The Observer newspaper. I went to an exhibition of Erwitt’s at Magnum’s UK headquarters in London a while back and was smitten by his work.
Both books were in great condition but sadly the dust jacket for Jane’s book was missing and they provided an excellent couple of hours inspiration on a wet Thursday evening.