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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 grey wash

  • Museum number:

    3411

  • Gallery location:

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

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.

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.

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 grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

Specifications and dimensions are given in ink.

Dimensions and calculations are given in pencil.

Dimensions

Height: 496 mm, Width: 327 mm

Object history note

Bought from C.J. Richardson, 1864.

Descriptive line

Elevation of a rusticated Doric doorway, with a plan of the steps and a section of moulding; William Chambers.

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

Harris 1970, p.231 (as for Somerset House).
Snodin Catalogue Number: 778

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Doorway; Doric

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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