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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:

    7075:5

  • Gallery location:

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

Ground floor plan of a theatre, 18th century, by an unknown artist but possibly owned by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). In addition to the seating and stage wings, this plan indicates the size and position of the chandelier in the auditorium.

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

Ground floor plan of a theatre. In addition to the seating and stage wings, this plan indicates the size and position of the chandelier in the auditoriu,.

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

'Libarti Theatre'
Inscribed in pencil in a ninteenth-century hand and then crossed through.

Watermark: Strasbury bend sloping right and a lily (cf. Churchill 1935, 433; Van der Ley).

Dimensions

Height: 478 mm, Width: 303 mm

Object history note

Bought from Parsons

Descriptive line

Ground floor plan of a theatre, 18th century, unknown artist, possibly owned by 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: Although this plan is not drawn by Chambers, it is probable that it was once in his possession. It is drawn by the same hand as the plan of the Tordinona Theatre, Rome, cat. 555. which bears an inscription in Chambers's hand.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Plans; Theatre

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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