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Design - Altar of St. John the Evangelist
  • Altar of St. John the Evangelist
    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852
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Altar of St. John the Evangelist

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1847 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink on laid paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Order of the Visitation

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 147, box D

This is a design for the altar of St. John the Evangelist, for the Roman Catholic church of St. Thomas of Canterbury at Fulham, London. This design, dated '1847' is by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852).

Pugin was an architect, designer, and writer whose work became the theoretical and practical inspiration for the Gothic Revival movement. A convert to Roman Catholicism in 1835, Pugin soon became a leading architect for new Roman Catholic churches. In 1841, when he published The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture , Pugin felt confident about both the progress of the Gothic revival and the growth of the Roman Catholic church in England.

Physical description

Design for altar showing scenes of the life of St. John the Evangelist above a base showing a repeating pattern of a chalice and a pelican on a sheet of cream-coloured paper.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1847 (made)


A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

Pugin's signature

The date of the drawing.



Height: 25.5 cm, Width: 20.6 cm

Object history note

There is a manuscript letter by Pugin MSL/2009/12 in the National Art Library which relates to this commission.

Descriptive line

Design for altar of St. John the Evangelist for St.Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham, by A.W.N. Pugin, 1847

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

Wedgwood, Alexandra, In Atterbury, Paul. and Wainwright, Clive eds. Pugin. A Gothic Passion. New Haven and London: Yale University Press in association with the V&A, 1994. p.58, ill. ISBN 0300060149.


Ink; Laid paper



Subjects depicted

Parish churches; Altars


Architectural fittings; Designs; Christianity; Religion

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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