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Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chearnley, Samuel (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:216-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

Design for a highly ornamented archway surrounded by pairs of rusticated Doric columns on rusticated bases. Arched niches are surrounded by columns with circular niches underneath. Above the arch is an inscription with balustrading on either side topped with vases and this level is surmounted by a further balustrade with a clock.

This drawing is part of the Vanbrugh Album 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 a highly ornamented archway surrounded by pairs of rusticated Doric columns on rusticated bases. Arched niches are surrounded by columns with circular niches underneath. Above the arch is an inscription with balustrading on either side topped with vases and this level is surmounted by a further balustrade with a clock.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Chearnley, Samuel (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and wash

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink with dimensions and scale.
Scale: 1 inch to 10 feet.

Inscribed on the back I must stay till my man comes back from London upon a message I sent him thither. and his time being uncertain I will not make you stay for me but shall follow (God willing) tomorrow morning. I have some affairs to adjust with James which must also be done tonight. I am most sincerely yours etc N Hawksmoor Saturday noon.
Inscribed on the back.

Dimensions

Height: 27 cm, Length: 18.9 cm

Object history note

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

Designs for a highly ornamental archway surrouned by rusticated Doric columns by Samuel Chearnley.

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. 39, cat. 98.

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash

Subjects depicted

Archway; Vases; Clock; Doric order; Niches; Columns (architectural elements); Balustrade

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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