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  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1849-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 147, box A

This is one of several designs, by Pugin, for interior decoration and furniture made for Earl Somers by J.G. Crace in 1849 and 1850. Pugin received £20 for his work with J.G. Crace at Eastnor Castle. The work-table, octagon table, walnut book case and the chandelier were specially designed for the commission, but other pieces of furniture such as X-frame chairs seem to have been adapted by Crace from designs sent to him by Pugin in 1849 for his general use as a furniture maker.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) is widely considered as one of the most significant and influential architects, designers and theorists of the 19th century. Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1835, he identified the Gothic style with Christian architecture and his work and writings inspired and framed the Gothic Revival. In 'Contrasts', published in 1836, he condemned classical forms and ardently praised 14th and 15th-century architecture. Pugin is best remembered for his work on the Palace of Westminster.

Physical description

Preliminary design for the decoration with a genealogical tree of the chimney breast.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


1849-1850 (made)


A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)
Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

‘Design for Genealogy of Lord Somers by A.W. Pugin’
in J.G. Crace’s hand


Height: 345 mm, Width: 220 mm

Descriptive line

Design for a chimney breast with a genealogical tree for Eastnor Castle; A.W.N. Pugin, 1849-1850.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 192-194.





Subjects depicted

Chimney breast; Genealogical


Designs; Drawings; Interiors


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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