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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, pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    7073:22

  • Gallery location:

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

The site of the old Savoy hospital, between the Thames and the Strand, was by the middle of the eighteenth century occupied by a mixture of barracks, houses and churches for foreign Protestant communities. The chapel was demolished in 1875 or soon after.

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

Section across the body of the German Lutheran chapel, the Savoy, Westminster. This design shows the rear gallery to be the full height of the building, and backed by three arched windows similar to those along the sides of the chapel. (Scale: I 1/12 in. to 5 ft).

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, pencil and watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 216 mm, Width: 595 mm

Historical context note

The site of the old Savoy hospital, between the Thames and the Strand, was by the middle of the eighteenth century occupied by a mixture of barracks, houses and churches for foreign Protestant communities. The chapel was demolished in 1875 or soon after.

Descriptive line

Section across the body of the German Lutheran chapel, the Savoy, Westminster; William Chambers.

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

Harris 1970, p.229.
Snodin Catalogue Number: 645

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Watercolour

Techniques

Architectural drawing

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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