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Architectural drawing - Visions in the morning of youth and dreams in the evening of life
  • Visions in the morning of youth and dreams in the evening of life
    Richardson, Charles James, born 1806 - died 1871
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Visions in the morning of youth and dreams in the evening of life

  • Object:

    Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1837-1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richardson, Charles James, born 1806 - died 1871 (draughtsmen (technical))
    Gandy, Joseph Michael, born 1771 - died 1843 (artist)
    Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil, pen and ink drawing with sepia wash

  • Museum number:

    3306:179

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 182

Physical description

Drawing depicting a number of John Soane's unexecuted designs, including the Triumphal Bridge, the British Senate House and the Earl of Chatham Mausoleum, set in a mountainous landscape. In the foreground are several figures and ground plans of Soane's buildings inscribed on upturned stones.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca. 1837-1863 (made)

Artist/maker

Richardson, Charles James, born 1806 - died 1871 (draughtsmen (technical))
Gandy, Joseph Michael, born 1771 - died 1843 (artist)
Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

pencil, pen and ink drawing with sepia wash

Marks and inscriptions

John Soane RA
inscribed on one of the upturned stones at the lower right

Dimensions

Height: 349 mm, Width: 559 mm

Object history note

A copy of J. Gandy's water-colour which is largely devoted to Soane's visionary projects by C.J. Richardson.

This drawing was pasted into a copy of Sir John Soane's book Designs for Public and Private Buildings owned by Soane's assistant Charles James Richardson. Richardson built up a large collection of originals and copies (many of which he executed himself) of his master's designs, and distributed the bulk of them into two folio volumes, interspersed with the printed pages of the book. These volumes were bought by the South Kensington Museum (now the V&A) in 1863.

Descriptive line

'Visions in the morning of youth', pencil and ink drawing with sepia wash, copy by C.J. Richardson after a watercolour by Joseph Gandy, mid 19th century

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

du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, p.41, cat.56.

Production Note

after an original watercolour by Joseph Michael Gandy

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Sepia wash; Paper

Techniques

Architectural drawing

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Mausoleum; Rivers; Bridges; Boats; Plans

Categories

Drawings; Architecture; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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