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Drawing - Plan and elevation of garden alcove and screen wall at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square
  • Plan and elevation of garden alcove and screen wall at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square
    Soane, John
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Plan and elevation of garden alcove and screen wall at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century-first half of 19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
    Clérisseau, Charles-Louis, born 1721 - died 1820 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with grey wash over pencil

  • Museum number:

    3436:186

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 104

Almost nothing is known about Charles-Louis Clérisseau's English period (1771-c.1773); hence the importance of this Soane copy of a lost drawing. As a long-time collaborator of the Adam brothers, Clérisseau understandably might have contributed an ornamental screen wall to a London town house designed by them. Soane's connection with the events is less easy to pinpoint. As a young employee of Henry Holland after 1772 he certainly knew Robert Adam, whom he greatly admired. Perhaps because of this Soane accumulated a considerable amount of information on Lansdowne House, both in the forms of drawings and account books. Presumably Soane himself witnessed the collapse of the alcove, one of the few Clérisseau works ever executed. The mishap did not prejudice Soane against Clérisseau's artistic abilities and he avidly collected Clérisseau's gouaches to the extent that his Museum has the largest holdings of them outside Russia.

Physical description

Plan and elevation of a garden alcove and screen wall at Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, London.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (probably, made)

Date

late 18th century-first half of 19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Soane, John (Sir), born 1753 - died 1837 (artist)
Clérisseau, Charles-Louis, born 1721 - died 1820 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with grey wash over pencil

Marks and inscriptions

Clérisseau for Lord Shelburne in Berkeley Square. Screen in Garden. NB The great Arch failed abt. 1776
Inscribed in Soane's hand on upper left.

(Soane)
Inscribed in another hand in pencil.

Dimensions

Height: 36 cm, Length: 42.7 cm

Object history note

This object was once part of an album of designs by various architects, artists and designers collected by the architect Charles James Richardson, and was bought from him by the Museum in 1863.

The alcove designed by Charles-Louis Clérisseau for Lansdowne House was one of his few works ever to be executed in England. It collapsed ca. 1776.

Descriptive line

Plan and elevation of garden alcove and screen wall for Lansdowne house, Berkeley Square by Sir John Soane; design after Charles-Louis Clérisseau originally; pen and ink with grey wash over pencil; the Richardson Collection

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

du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. ‘Soane and Hardwick in Rome: A Neo-Classical Partnership’, Architectural History, 15, (1972), p. 39
du Prey, P. de la Ruffinière. Sir John Soane: Catalogues of Archaeological Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1985, p. 27 (Catalogue entry 2)

Production Note

A copy of a lost drawing by Charles-Louis Clérisseau in the collection of Sir John Soane.

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Wash; Ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Alcove; Wall

Categories

Drawings; Architecture; London history; Designs

Production Type

Copy

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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