Not currently on display at the V&A

Drawing

ca. 1730-1735 (made)
Artist/Maker

Design for a neo-classical villa overlooking Wayneflete's Tower at Esher Place, Surrey. With part of a sketch plan in pencil. Designs for Esher Place, Surrey, show plans and exterior elevations of the house, designs for the interiors and plans and elevations for the garden, park and outbuildings, ca. 1730-1735. By the time Henry Pelham purchased Esher Place in 1729 all that remained of the original structure was Waynflete's Tower, built ca. 1475 by Bishop Waynflete as the gatehouse to the Episcopal Palace. When William Kent was commissioned to enlarge the house and redesign the grounds, it seems that Pelham originally considered a classical villa overlooking the Tower in the Park. However this scheme was abandoned in favour of altering and adding to the Tower itself.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and brown ink and grey washes on paper
Brief Description
William Kent, Esher Place
Physical Description
Design for a neo-classical villa overlooking Wayneflete's Tower at Esher Place, Surrey. With part of a sketch plan in pencil.
Dimensions
  • Height: 32cm
  • Width: 40cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Paper watermarked LVG and with the Dutch Lion.
Summary
Design for a neo-classical villa overlooking Wayneflete's Tower at Esher Place, Surrey. With part of a sketch plan in pencil. Designs for Esher Place, Surrey, show plans and exterior elevations of the house, designs for the interiors and plans and elevations for the garden, park and outbuildings, ca. 1730-1735. By the time Henry Pelham purchased Esher Place in 1729 all that remained of the original structure was Waynflete's Tower, built ca. 1475 by Bishop Waynflete as the gatehouse to the Episcopal Palace. When William Kent was commissioned to enlarge the house and redesign the grounds, it seems that Pelham originally considered a classical villa overlooking the Tower in the Park. However this scheme was abandoned in favour of altering and adding to the Tower itself.
Bibliographic References
  • John Harris, "A William Kent Discovery: Designs for Esher Place, Surrey", Country Life, May 14, 1959
  • John Harris, "Esher Place, Surrey", Country Life, April 2, 1987
Collection
Accession Number
E.360-1986

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record createdOctober 7, 2008
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