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Architectural drawing
  • Architectural drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with pencil

  • Museum number:

    7074:57

  • Gallery location:

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

The lack of any obvious religious motifs or symbolism suggests that this is a secular building, possibly a concert room or assembly hall.

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 and three elevations of the upper gallery of a long room in an unidentified public building. (Scale: 1 in. to 5 ft.).

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'E'
in ink

The dimensions are given.

'plan of the upper gallery & sections'
in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 323 mm, Width: 526 mm

Object history note

Bought from E. Parsons, 1869

Descriptive line

Plan and three elevations of the upper gallery of a long room in an unidentified public building; William Chambers.

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 787

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture; Designs; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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