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Drawing - Design for Lord Ashburnham's Garden

Design for Lord Ashburnham's Garden

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.2452-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 153

The Ashburnham House was built in the 17th centuryy, around the time of the Restoration, by either Inigo Jones or John Webb. It was located in Westminster, London and began as a London seat for the Earls of Ashburnham.

Physical description

Watercolour design for Lord Ashburnham's Gardens. The background is composed of stone baskets filled with scarlet geraniums that surmount five arches. Six flower beds line the space in the foreground.

Date

1750-1800 (Made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

'Lord Ashburnham's gardens as seen from his Room'

'A. Stone baskets filled with scarlet geraniums''

'B. Beds of Flowers'

Dimensions

Width: 314 mm, Length: 210 mm

Descriptive line

Drawing, watercolour, ink, and pen on paper, 1750-1800.

Labels and date

The inscription at the top of this drawing shows that the view from the house was an important factor in the design of this garden. This may seem a little surprising as the space is small and unimposing. But the way it is drawn and the keen interest in the flowers suggest it may have been made by an experienced gardener rather than an architect. [2005]

Materials

Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Garden; Basket; Geranium; Arch

Categories

Drawings; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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