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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kent, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.898-1928

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 125, box B

Design for a gothick folly by designer and architect William Kent (1685-1748). Time altering the hands of a church clock; below, a man and woman conversing in the churchyard. On the back of the drawing , there is a study of a dog standing on his hind legs.

Kent visited Rome in 1715 where he met Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington who became his patron. Boyle encouraged Kent's interest in architecture when they returned to London together and Kent soon started receiving commissions for buildings and furniture in the classical style. His most famous buildings include Holkham Hall, Norfolk, and the Horse Guards, Whitehall.

Physical description

Design for a gothick folly. Time altering the hands of a church clock; below, a man and woman conversing in the churchyard. On the back of the drawing , there is a study of a dog standing on his hind legs.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Kent, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash

Dimensions

Height: 7 3/8 in, Width: 6 1/4 in

Historical context note

The character of the folly is similar to that of the Cuttle Mill building as Rousham, Oxfordshire, constructed by Kent for General Dormer ca.1735-38

Descriptive line

Architectural design for a gothick folly by William Kent (1685-1748).

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1928. London: HMSO, 1929

Materials

Pen and ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Folly; Dog; Cottage; Tower; Scythe

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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