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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:

    Pencil

  • Museum number:

    7078:17

  • Gallery location:

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

Sketch of a guilloche moulding from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). This is a drawing, in an office hand, of a frequently used moulding type. This type of guilloche ceiling moulding occurs in a number of Chambers’s schemes, including Somerset House, museum number 7757.1., from which it differs in detail.

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

Sketch of a rectilinear guilloche moulding. A drawing, in an office hand, of a frequently used moulding type.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil

Dimensions

Height: 256 mm, Width: 199 mm

Object history note

Bought from Parsons.

Descriptive line

Sketch of a guilloche moulding, 18th century, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

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

Production Note

Attribution note: This type of guilloche ceiling moulding occurs in a number of Chambers's schemes, including Somerset House, museum number 7757.1., from which it differs in detail.

Materials

Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Guilloche; Moulding plaster

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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