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Design - Design for the south elevation, Vanbrugh House, Greenwich
  • Design for the south elevation, Vanbrugh House, Greenwich
    Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726
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Design for the south elevation, Vanbrugh House, Greenwich

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1720-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:167-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

Sir John Vanbrugh designed the house for his brother Charles, who bought it outright at cost price. As executed the elevation differed in several respects from this drawing. It was newly finished in 1722 when the antiquary, William Stukely, sketched it and it stood on the north east corner of the field. The house was demolished in 1902.

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

Design for the south elevation of the house known as `Mince-Pie' House or Vanbrugh House at Greenwich, showing nine bays including the two corner towers with banded rustication. Scale: 1 inch to 10 feet.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1720-1722 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen, ink and wash

Marks and inscriptions

Extends Feet 60
Capt Charles Vanbrough's House at Greenwich
Inscribed in ink.

Numbered in ink with the scale.

Dimensions

Height: 17.7 cm, Length: 22.9 cm

Object history note

Vanbrugh designed the house for his brother Charles, who bought it outright at cost price. As executed the elevation differed in several respects from this drawing. See Whistler, fig. 88. It was newly finished in 1722 when the antiquary, William Stukely, sketched it and it stood on the north east corner of the field. The house was demolished in 1902. See Downes, 1987, p 434.

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

Design for the south elevation, Vanbrugh House, Greenwich; the Vanbrugh Album; office of Sir John Vanbrugh; ca. 1720-1722.

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. 46, cat. 115.
Downes, K., Sir John Vanbrugh: A Biography, 1987, p. 434.
Whistler, L., The Imagination of Vanbrugh and his Fellow Artists, 1954, fig. 88.

Subjects depicted

Rustication; Bays; House; Elevation; Corner tower

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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