THE TEMPLE OF THE FOUR WINDS
Castle Howard, England
Timothy Richards is a small company, based in the beautiful Georgian City of Bath, England. Tim has been making sculptures of architecture in plaster for 19 years. All of the sculptures are made by hand by Tim and his small, dedicated team. The work is believed to be unique in the world today.
Central to the theme is that of architectural truth. Tim aims to use his love of architecture and model making skills to tell the story of architecture over the centuries.
Timothy Richards was born in 1955, close to the Palladian city of Bath. His formative years established a fascination with history and architecture, a passion, which endures to this day.
He vividly recalls watching in horror as vast areas of Bath’s Georgian housing were demolished during his schooldays.
After attending art collage, Timothy worked as an outward-bound instructor in both Wales and South Africa. Upon his return to the UK he qualified as a teacher, going on to spend the next 6 years teaching Design Technology on the Gower Peninsular.
In 1979 Timothy wrote to adventurer Tim Severin who had built leather carracks for the Brendon voyage. As a result of this correspondence, Timothy gave up his teaching position and relocated together with his wife and young son to the Greek island of Spetse where Severin was engaged in the building of a Bronze-Age galley using traditional tools and techniques.
Once back in Britain, Timothy worked for 2 years as a pottery manager before starting his own architectural model-making business in 1988. For months he labored to develop methods of casting, model making and marketing before completing his first piece, a model of Jane Austen’s house in Bath.
Over the past 18 years the business has undergone some major changes and evolutions. Timothy’s workshop burnt down in November 1991, just 2 years after he won the Nat West Young Businessman’s award, and he has had to contend with attempts by both British and American manufacturers to copy his work. However, in recent years, the business has flourished and expanded to accommodate the larger models and commissions that now take up much of Timothy’s time.
His work has been presented twice to the Queen as well as numerous other Heads of State. Clients have included The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada; Sir Terence Conran; Roosevelt University, Chicago; Lord Rothschild and The National Gallery of Washington. More recently Timothy was invited to the University of Notre Dame to present his latest model of Bramante’s Tempietto.
Timothy is married to Annie and has 2 sons, both talented musicians and artists in their own right. Although he has little spare time his passion is his barn in Cornwall, which he is in the process of restoring.
He wishes to originate, and leave behind him, a legacy of models that define and catalogue the pivotal buildings of architecture.
The Capitol Building is just one in a series of sixteen models currently being used in the exhibit; “Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey”.
The exhibition can be seen at The National Building Museum, Washington DC. September 2nd 2010 through to January 9th 2011
The Capitol Building website: www.visitthecapitol.gov
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