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

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (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:


  • Gallery location:

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

This Doric window surround is similar to those Chambers used at Melbourne House.

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

Elevation of a pedimented window surround and string course. (Scale: 5/8inche to 1 foot.)

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


18th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with pencil


Height: 504 mm, Width: 338 mm

Object history note

Bought from E. Parsons, 1869.

Descriptive line

Elevation of a pedimented window surround and string course; William Chambers.

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 779


Pen and ink; Pencil


Architectural drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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