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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and yellow and pink washes

  • Museum number:

    3861:22

  • Gallery location:

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

Elevations of two metal borders for rooms, and a plaster ornament for panels by John Yenn (1750-1821) from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

Elevations of two metal borders for rooms, and a plaster ornament for panels. This drawing is by John Yenn after another or others.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and yellow and pink washes

Marks and inscriptions

'Metal borders for rooms; Stucco Ornament for Pannels.'
Written in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 295 mm, Width: 495 mm

Descriptive line

Elevations of two metal borders for rooms, and a plaster ornament for panels, 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.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Panels (ornament areas); Stucco; Borders; Rooms; Metal

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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