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UAI 15.99.27

Pinsent, Cecil,1884-1963. Architectural drawings for the redesign and additions to gardens at Villa I Tatti, 1910-1911: an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAI 15.99.27
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Pinsent, Cecil,1884-1963.
Title: Architectural drawings for the redesign and additions to gardens at Villa I Tatti,
Date(s): 1910-1911
Quantity: 1 collection (0.25 cubic foot (1 portfolio folder)
Quantity: 9 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; approximately 1.5 x 2 feet each
Abstract: Cecil Pinsent (1884-1963) and partner Geoffrey Scott (1884-1929) became the architects of choice for Florence, Italy's Anglo-American expatriate community at the beginning of the 20th century. Designs consist of measured plans of the main architectural features of the Villa I Tatti garden. Drawings are pencil on tracing paper. These are particularly rare, because Pinsent is known to have burned most of his records.

Acquisition Information:

Received by the Harvard University Archives in 1965, probably in connection with Harvard's management of the property which began in 1959 through a bequest to Harvard in the will of Bernard Berenson.

Processing Information:

This inventory was created in January 2014 by Kate Bowers. Historical and content information updated July 2014 in accordance with information contained in an email from Allen J. Greico, Senior Research Associate, Villa I Tatti.
Drawing numbers were assigned by the archivist. The collection title was devised by the archivist, but titles for individual drawings were chiefly transcribed as they appear on the drawings. Drawing titles or additions to drawing titles supplied by the archivst are enclosed in square brackets. Scale informaiton was recorded as it appears on the drawings.

Researcher Access:

The drawings are open for research. Special handling may be required.

Preferred Citation:

Pinsent, Cecil,1884-1963. Architectural drawings for the redesign and additions to gardens at Villa I Tatti, 1910. UAI 15.99.27, Harvard University Archives.

Historical note

Cecil Pinsent (1884-1963) and partner Geoffrey Scott (1884-1929) became the architects of choice for Florence, Italy's Anglo-American expatriate community at the beginning of the 20th century. Their partnership and their first commission originated in the personal relationship between Geoffrey Scott and Mary Berenson. Scott became the librarian at Villa I Tatti and later the Berensons hired the team to redesign the library and gardens there. Pinsent went on to design twenty more gardens in Italy. Pinsent burned most of his records at the end of his life.

Scope and Content

Designs consist of measured plans of the main architectural features of the Villa I Tatti garden. Drawings are pencil on tracing paper. These are particularly rare, because Pinsent is known to have burned most of his records.

General

This document last updated 2014 July 22.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Villa I Tatti (Florence, Italy) -- Designs and plans.
Gardens -- Italy -- Florence -- Designs and plans.
Landscape architecture drawings.
Architectural drawings.
Florence, Italy.
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Florence.
Berenson, Mary, 1864-1945 -- Homes and haunts -- Italy -- Florence.
Scott, Geoffrey, 1885-1929, architect.

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