Drawing

18th century (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

While the presentation of this drawing recalls those for Somerset House it cannot be linked to any of the known doorways there and is perhaps intended for a town house.

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink, pencil and grey wash
Brief Description
Elevation of a rusticated Doric doorway, with a plan of the steps and a section of moulding; William Chambers.
Physical Description
Elevation of a rusticated Doric doorway, with a plan of the steps and a section of moulding. This drawing is in an office hand.
Dimensions
  • Height: 496mm
  • Width: 327mm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
  • (Specifications and dimensions are given in ink.)
  • (Dimensions and calculations are given in pencil.)
Object history
Bought from C.J. Richardson, 1864.
Subjects depicted
Summary
While the presentation of this drawing recalls those for Somerset House it cannot be linked to any of the known doorways there and is perhaps intended for a town house.



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.
Bibliographic References
  • Harris 1970, p.231 (as for Somerset House).
  • Snodin Catalogue Number: 778
Collection
Accession Number
3411

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record createdJune 30, 2009
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