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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:


  • Gallery location:

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

It is likely that 7073:14 and 7073:15 were intended as alternative designs for the same site.

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

Alternative elevations of a bridge. This design has been cut from the same sheet, part of which is still missing, as museum number 7073:15 and has been drawn in an office hand.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)


18th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour


Height: 146 mm, Width: 710 mm

Object history note

Bought from E. Parsons, 1869.

Descriptive line

Alternative elevations of a bridge; William Chambers.

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 770


Pen and ink; Pencil; Watercolour


Architectural drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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