Drawing

18th century (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Design for Danson Park (formerly Danson Hill), Bexley for John Boyd from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). Partial elevation and section of a picture frame with scallop shells at the corner. Danson Park is a small villa designed by Sir Robert Taylor begun in 1762. Before the building was complete Chambers was brought in to decorate the interiors, c.1766-c.1770. He also designed a wooden bridge based on the Palladian model, and a temple in the garden. It is drawn by another office hand.

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil
Brief Description
Design for Danson Park (formerly Danson Hill), Bexley for John Boyd, 18th century, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).
Physical Description
Design for Danson Park (formerly Danson Hill), Bexley for John Boyd. Partial elevation and section of a picture frame with scallop shells at the corner.
Dimensions
  • Height: 301mm
  • Width: 483mm
Production typeDesign
Object history
Bought from Parsons.
Historical context
Danson Park is a small villa designed by Sir Robert Taylor begun in 1762. Before the building was complete Chambers was brought in to decorate the interiors, c.1766-c.1770. He also designed a wooden bridge based on the Palladian model, and a temple in the garden.
Production
Attribution note: It is drawn by another office hand.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Design for Danson Park (formerly Danson Hill), Bexley for John Boyd from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). Partial elevation and section of a picture frame with scallop shells at the corner. Danson Park is a small villa designed by Sir Robert Taylor begun in 1762. Before the building was complete Chambers was brought in to decorate the interiors, c.1766-c.1770. He also designed a wooden bridge based on the Palladian model, and a temple in the garden. It is drawn by another office hand.



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.
Bibliographic Reference
Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.
Collection
Accession Number
7078:2

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