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Design - Elevation of a design for the main front of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire
  • Elevation of a design for the main front of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire
    Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726
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Elevation of a design for the main front of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1715 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen, ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:162-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

This is an early project for re-casing the north front, ca.1715. Grimsthorpe was a partly medieval and partly Tudor house, but the north range had been rebuilt in the 1680's in the domestic style of the day. This design is certainly preliminary to what was carried out, since it shows coupled square piers instead of banded columns and the doorcase has a projecting pediment supported on brackets; nevertheless it belongs in style to Vanbrugh's plainest years, after Blenheim and before Seaton Delaval.

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

Elevation of a design for the main front of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire. Folded on the right hand side.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1715 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen, ink and wash

Dimensions

Height: 32.2 cm, Length: 54.4 cm

Object history note

This is an early project for re-casing the north front, c.1715. Grimsthorpe was a partly medieval and partly Tudor house, but the north range had been rebuilt in the 1680's in the domestic style of the day. This design is certainly preliminary to what was carried out, since it shows coupled square piers instead of banded columns and the doorcase has a projecting pediment supported on brackets; nevertheless it belongs in style to Vanbrugh's plainest years, after Blenheim and before Seaton Delaval. See Downes (1977).

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

Elevation of a design for the main front of Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire; the Vanbrugh Album; in the style of Sir John Vanbrugh; ca. 1715.

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. 47, cat. 117.
Downes, K., Vanbrugh, 1977, p. 119.

Subjects depicted

Grimsthorpe Castle; Elevation

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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