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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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    3385

  • Gallery location:

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

This modest drawing was made either for potential clients or as academic drawing exercises.

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 small Doric gateway. On the verso, a small pencil sketch of an unidentifiable subject. The Doric archway, drawn in an office hand, has frieze ornamented with paterae beneath a plain pediment. The watercolour has been used to suggest a weathered building. The drawing has had a dark wash line frame drawn around it; all but a thin, uneven line of this has been removed when the sheet was trimmed.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour

Dimensions

Height: 318 mm, Width: 339 mm

Object history note

Bought from C.J. Richardson, 1864.

Historical context note

This modest drawing was made either for potential clients or as academic drawing exercises.

Descriptive line

Elevation of a small Doric gateway; William Chambers.

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

Snodin Catalogue Number: 773

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Watercolour

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Pediment; Frieze; Doric; Paterae; Archway; Gateway

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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