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Design - Plan of a building, possibly the New White Tower, Greenwich
  • Plan of a building, possibly the New White Tower, Greenwich
    Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726
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Plan of a building, possibly the New White Tower, Greenwich

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen, ink, wash and watercolour

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:45-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 42

It is possible that this sketch depicts a plan for the New White Tower, which was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for his son. Writing in 1722 to Lord Carlisle about his son Charles, Vanbrugh says `...[he] is much pleas'd with a House I am building him in the Field at Greenh: it being a Tower of White Bricks, only one room and a closet on a floor.'

This drawing is part of the Vanbrugh Album from the Library at Elton Hall. The Album contains 254 drawings and includes works by Sir John Vanbrugh, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, William Talman, Nicholas Hawksmoor, Richard Castle and anonymous draughtsmen in Vanbrugh's office. It was created ca. 1945-54 and was purchased by Victoria and Albert Museum in 1992.

Physical description

Plan of a building, possibly the New White Tower, with internal alterations indicated in red.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen, ink, wash and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink with measurements with some alterations in pencil.

Dimensions

Height: 29.2 cm, Length: 25.7 cm

Object history note

The New White Tower was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh for his son. Writing in 1722 to Lord Carlisle about his son Charles, Vanbrugh says `...[he] is much pleas'd with a House I am building him in the Field at Greenh: it being a Tower of White Bricks, only one room and a closet on a floor.' See Downes (1987).

Part of the Vanbrugh Album, which was purchased in 1992 with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, The Monument Trust, The Sainsbury Trust, and an anonymous donor.

Descriptive line

Plan of a building, possibly the New White Tower, Greenwich; the Vanbrugh Album; circle of Sir John Vanbrugh; early 18th century.

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

Lorimer, C. and Newton, C. (ed.), The collection of drawings by Sir John Vanbrugh and his circle in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V & A, 1996., p. 25, cat. 52.
Downes, K., Sir John Vanbrugh: A Biography, 1987, p. 346.

Subjects depicted

Tower; Plan

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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