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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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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 yellow and grey washes

  • Museum number:

    3861:21

  • Gallery location:

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

Elevations, three on one sheet, for metal borders of rooms by John Yenn (1750-1821) from the office of Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). This drawing copies another or others and is included here because it is unclear if the borders, designed to conceal the edges of textile wall covering, are designed by Chambers or by Yenn. No other designs for these are known from the Chambers circle. The upper two borders are variations on Chambers’s favourite running scroll, the bottom one a more fanciful composition of waving leaves, perhaps more attributable to Yenn.

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, three on one sheet, for metal borders of rooms.

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 yellow and grey washes

Marks and inscriptions

'Metal borders for rooms'

Dimensions

Height: 485 mm, Width: 293 mm

Object history note

Bought from B. Quaritch, 1863 (Yenn Album)

Descriptive line

Elevations, three on one sheet, for metal borders of rooms, 18th century, John Yenn (1750-1821) 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 drawing, by John Yenn, copying another or others, is included here because it is unclear if the borders, designed to conceal the edges of textile wall covering, are designed by Chambers or by Yenn. No other designs for these are known from the Chambers circle. The upper two borders are variations on Chambers's favourite running scroll, the bottom one a more fanciful composition of waving leaves, perhaps more attributable to Yenn.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Borders; Rooms; Metal

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture; Interiors

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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