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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with pencil

  • Museum number:

    7078:40

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 229, box E

Full-size elevation of part of a doorcase by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). These are two recently reunited fragments (7078.40 and 7078.9) from a larger sheet, drawn in an office hand. They appear to show a bracket (in elevation) and a Corinthian cornice, probably supporting a pedimented overdoor.

Chambers was born in Sweden and died in London. He travelled widely, visiting China, and studied architecture at the Ecole des Arts, Paris, from 1749 and in Italy from 1750 to 1755. Many of his drawings from this period are contained in his important 'Franco-Italian' album, held in the V&A. Chambers moved to London in 1755 and published his influential Treatise on Civil Architecture in 1759. Chambers demonstrated the breadth of his style in buildings such as Gower (later Carrington) House and Melbourne House, London, in such country houses as Duddingston, Scotland, and in the garden architecture he designed for Wilton House, Wiltshire, and at Kew Gardens. He became head of government building in 1782, and in this capacity built Somerset House, London.

Physical description

Full-size elevation of part of a doorcase. These are two recently reunited fragments (7078.40 and 7078.9) from a larger sheet, drawn in an office hand. They appear to show a bracket (in elevation) and a Corinthian cornice, probably supporting a pedimented overdoor.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'For first Door in great Room principal story'
Written in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 328 mm, Width: 506 mm

Object history note

Bought from Parsons

Descriptive line

Full-size elevation of part of a doorcase, 18th century, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Cornice; Doors; Corinthian; Pediment; Bracket

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Interiors; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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