Ralph Hancock

Posted on March 2nd, 2009 by Charles Boot

Robin Hull asks whether you can help?

The Campanile, The Spanish Garden at The Roof Gardens, High Street Kensington

The Campanile, The Spanish Garden at The Roof Gardens, High Street Kensington

“I am researching the life and work of Ralph Hancock FRHS (1893–1950). Hancock was a landscape architect and multiple gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show both pre- and post-war. Hancock is most famously remembered for his design of the Roof Gardens on top of Derry and Toms in London’s Kensington. He also designed extensive roof gardens on the Rockefeller Center, New York, and also the world famous promenade on Fifth Avenue.

“Despite Hancock’s success in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, little is known of his other work both here and in the US (where he lived between 1930 and 1936). A favourite of the Queen Mother, Hancock worked mainly in the Arts and Crafts style although in the years before his death he had become interested in the Italianate style. I am looking for any information about Hancock and his work such as original designs, drawings, photographs etc.

Faithfully
Robin Hull, 17 Bellefield Road, Orpington BR5 2DH

Contact him directly at
robin dot hull at gmail dot com
or via the Ralph Hancock website: www.ralphhancock.com


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