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Part elevation of a large bridge for unidentified project

  • 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 and ink

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:187-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

From the dimensions inscribed on this drawing, it would appear that the bridge was designed to have a total span of about 700 feet. It must therefore have been intended for the Thames or some other major river. Another design for a the same unidentified project in E.2124.17 shows that the width of the bridge was to be 40 feet.

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

Part elevation of a large bridge showing two and a half arches. Perspectival lines in pencil run from an elevation of an obelisk on the axis of the bridge. On the back, studies for ornamental niches over the piers with rusticated columns.

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 and ink

Marks and inscriptions

falls 10 ft in 100, from A
Inscribed in ink and numbered in ink and pencil with dimensions.

Dimensions

Height: 15.9 cm, Length: 50 cm

Object history note

From the dimensions given it would appear that the bridge was designed to have a total span of about 700 feet. It must therefore have been intended for the Thames or some other major river. E.2124.17 shows that the width of the bridge was to be 40 feet.

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

Part elevation of a large bridge for unidentified project; the Vanbrugh Album; 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. 36, cat. 79.

Subjects depicted

Columns; Piers; Niches; Bridge

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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