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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and green and grey washes.

  • Museum number:

    3861:25

  • Gallery location:

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

This drawing by John Yenn is directly derived from a moulding at Somerset House, museum number 7757.1.

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 section of a guilloche moulding. This drawing by John Yenn is directly derived from a moulding at Somerset House.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and green and grey washes.

Marks and inscriptions

'NUM 32'
In ink

Dimensions

Height: 482 mm, Width: 292 mm

Object history note

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

Descriptive line

Sketch of a guilloche moulding. The sketch is by John Yenn, the moulding is by William Chambers

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 806

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Guilloche

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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