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Architectural design - Design for a Music Room
  • Design for a Music Room
    Jones, Owen, born 1809 - died 1874
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Design for a Music Room

  • Object:

    Architectural design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jones, Owen, born 1809 - died 1874 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and body colour

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by J. D. Crace FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 36

Owen Jones (1809-1874) had been brought up in England during the Regency period (1811-1820), at the height of the Neo-classical revival. At that time fashionable architecture was still carried out in uniformly white stucco or stone. But while he was training to be an architect, Jones visited Turkey and Egypt. He was impressed by the merit and vigour of non-European forms of architecture. He also admired the strong, clear colours and polychrome decoration on both the interiors and the exteriors of buildings. He drew on both traditions when he made the presentation drawings for alternative schemes for this Music Room,. He combined the European classical proportions of the pre-existing structure of the room with dense colour on the walls, which was in colour harmony with the curtain treatment.

Physical description

Pen and ink and body colour drawing on paper

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1850 (made)


Jones, Owen, born 1809 - died 1874 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and body colour


Height: 31 cm, Width: 43.5 cm

Descriptive line

One of 13 designs for mural decoration by Owen Jones.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1912, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1913

Subjects depicted

Interior view


Interiors; Music; Designs; Architectural fittings; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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