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Design - Plans for a house for an unidentified project
  • Plans for a house for an unidentified project
    Vanbrugh, John Sir, born 1664 - died 1726
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Plans for a house for an unidentified project

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, ink and wash

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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

Plans for a house with two projecting bays to the front and back with a circular staircase in the front right-hand projecting bay. Scale: 1 inch to 8 feet. On the back a similar plan with the position of the staircases reversed.

Place of Origin

England (made)


early 18th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen, ink and wash

Marks and inscriptions

Eight feet in an inch
Inscribed in ink with the above note and with measurements.

7 Sqrs High building, 3 Low
Inscribed on the back in Vanbrugh's hand.


Height: 16.3 cm, Length: 23.3 cm

Object history note

The inscription on the back is in Vanbrugh's hand, according to Colvin and Craig.

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

Plans for a house for an unidentified project; the Vanbrugh Album; possibly office 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. 49, cat. 121.
Colvin, H. and Craig, M. (Eds), Architectural Drawings in the Library of Elton Hall by Sir John Vanbrugh and Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, The Roxburghe Club, Oxford, 1964.

Subjects depicted

Plan; Bays; Circular staircase


Designs; Drawings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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