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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1730-1740 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Morris, Roger, born 1695 - died 1749 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 151

Physical description

Plan and elevation of a domed temple with four ionic porticos. On the back, a partial roof plan below dome level and a sketch of the base of the column.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


ca. 1730-1740 (designed)


Morris, Roger, born 1695 - died 1749 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink on the front with dimensions and calculations

Inscribed in pencil on the back with dimensions


Height: 31.5 cm, Width: 19.5 cm

Object history note

This temple does not appear to have been built.

Descriptive line

Drawing by Roger Morris, design for a temple, pencil, pen and ink, and watercolour, Great Britain, ca.1730-40

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

Spink & Son Ltd., London, Autumn Catalogue 1991, no. 35, illustrated inside front cover.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1991

Labels and date

Roger Morris (1695-1749)
Design for a domed temple
British, about 1730-1740
Pen and ink, and wash

Morris made his fortune as a speculative
builder, but it is for his architecture that he is
best remembered. After acting as an assistant
to Colen Campbell and collaborating with
the future Earl of Pembroke, two of the
leading promoters of the Palladian style,
he had a distinguished career, designing
houses both in London and in the country.
No doubt intended to enhance some large
garden, it is not known if this small temple
was ever built.

E.3190-1991 []


Paper; Pencil; Pen and ink; Watercolour



Subjects depicted

Architectural drawings; Temples; Plans; Elevations; Porticos


Drawings; Designs; Architecture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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