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  • Drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink with yellow and grey washes

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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

Plan of a garden temple. The plan shows a small, almost square temple with tetrastyle porticoes at each end. On each side is a window flanked by a pair of detached columns. One of the windows has 'open' written across it.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


18th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink with yellow and grey washes

Marks and inscriptions

in pencil


Height: 485 mm, Width: 299 mm

Object history note

Bought from E. Parsons, 1869.

Descriptive line

Plan of a garden temple; William Chambers.

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 758


Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash



Subjects depicted

Column; Window; Portico; Temple




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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