Raymond McGrath - BBC

Raymond McGrath - BBC

Postby john white » Thu May 20, 1999 10:08 am

Did Raymond McGrath's BBC radio interior designs ever achieve reality?

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Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu May 20, 1999 10:19 am

To the best of my knowledge they were built although I'm open to correction on this.

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Postby john white » Thu May 20, 1999 6:48 pm

Yes, that's the watercolour design I've seen.
It's the main reason I'm interested in him.
Though he seems to have been an accomplished
painter too.

Collins Barracks have a couple of his pieces of furniture - a chair and coffee table.

I'll search about the web and see what I come up with. Perhaps at the BBC site.

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Postby john white » Thu May 20, 1999 7:01 pm

From BBC website:

BROADCASTING HOUSE OPENS
The BBC considered sites in Trafalgar Square, the Haymarket and Park Lane. Portland
Place was chosen when the home of James Watt, the inventor, was demolished. The
1933 yearbook says there are 800 doors in Broadcasting House - one for every person,
more than one radiator per person, one clock to 8 persons and 8.125 light bulbs per
person. This art-deco 'liner', opened by John Reith is now a listed building.
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Postby snag » Tue May 25, 1999 4:46 pm

The department of PDP (Prints Drawings and Photographs) in the V&A in London have a good colection of Raymond McGrath perespectives (mainly watercolour) etcetera. Their print room is open to the public at certain times: just go in and order up whatever you want to see.
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Postby john white » Wed May 26, 1999 10:48 am

Thanks Snag. I've found a good book on him in the Ilac center library actually.

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Postby dstc47@indigo.ie » Sat Jul 10, 1999 1:21 pm

There is a fair bit in print on Raymond Mc Grath.
A starting point might be
"God's Architect" by Donal O'Donovan (his son in law)published 1995 ISBN 0948018305
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