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Today the great grand daughter of AA President Charles Richard Pink (1853-1889) donated a stunning selection of his sketches, made during his tours on AA Excursions in the 1870s and 1880s. Pink¬†joined the AA in 1871 and acted as Honorary Secretary of the AA’s Annual Excursions Sub Committee from 1878 until 1884. He was President of the AA from 1885-86 but died, aged just 36, three years later.

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The drawings are particularly interesting as they contain sketches from the cast collection at the Royal Architectural Museum, alongside material taken from tours through Oxfordshire, Norfolk and a number of cities, including Coventry. Donated alongside his sketches are also his original articles of apprenticeship to Thomas Henry Watson (1839-1919) .PinkRAM

After entering private practice in 1875, Pink designed a number of schools, houses and churches in Hampshire. An expert on architectural heraldry, his ‘Notes on Heraldry’ was published in 1884.

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