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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)
    Yenn, John, born 1750 - died 1832 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and grey and pale-green washes

  • Museum number:

    3861:28

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf E, box 24

Elevation of a running scroll by John Yenn (1750-1821) from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). This copy drawing is of a design for a plaster ornament, probably for a ceiling. The frieze is composed of a Vitruvian scroll on a pale-green background. Between and below each wave are flower heads. This is a standard pattern used by Chambers many times.

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 running scroll. The frieze is composed of a Vitruvian scroll on a pale-green background. Between and below each wave are flower heads. This is a standard pattern used by Chambers many times.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)
Yenn, John, born 1750 - died 1832 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and grey and pale-green washes

Dimensions

Height: 485 mm, Width: 290 mm

Object history note

Bought from B. Quaritch, 1863 (Yenn Album).

Descriptive line

Elevation of a running scroll, 18th century, John Yenn (1750-1821) office of 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: This is a copy drawing, by John Yenn, of a design for a plaster ornament, probably for a ceiling.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Elevations (drawings); Vitruvian scrolls; Wave moldings; Ceiling; Flowers

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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