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Drawing

Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1753 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vardy, John, born 1718 - died 1765 (maker)
    Kent, William (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    3318

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 503, case CD, shelf 3

This is an elevation and plan drawing of the Gateway in to the Great Court at the Horse Guards, next Whitehall by William Kent (1685-1748) and John Vardy (1718-1765).

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

The Gateway in to the Great Court at the Horse Guards, next Whitehall. Elevation and plan.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1753 (made)

Artist/maker

Vardy, John, born 1718 - died 1765 (maker)
Kent, William (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and wash

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with title, scale and dimensions.
It would seem that the architectural elements are by Vardy but that certain sculptural details (e.g. the lion and unicorn with shields) and the mounted sentries were added by Kent.

Signed and dated "J. Vardy Invt. 1753".

Dimensions

Height: 12 3/8 in, Width: 11 5/8 in

Descriptive line

Architectural drawing of the Gateway in to the Great Court at the Horse Guards, near Whitehall by William Kent (1685-1748).

Production Note

Although this drawing appears to be the work of Vardy, there are, nevertheless, despite the date five years after Kent's death, certain elements in the drawing which seem closer to Kent's hand, such as the lion and the unicorn, the shields and the mounted sentries. It is possible that this may be an earlier drawing by Vardy, embellished by Kent, which Vardy submitted as his own design after being appointed jointly with William Robinson to build the Horse Guards.

Materials

Pen and ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Plan; Gateway; Elevations (drawings)

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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