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Design for a Villa, with a half-sunk Story in the Basement, the Kitchen and part of the Offices are detached, and sunk as the Basement with an Attic over, for Servants Lodging Rooms, a Communication to the said Rooms from the first Landing of the back Stairs, where a Water-Closet may be placed, if preferred to that on the principal Floor.

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1784 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Plaw, John, born 1746 - died 1820 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink

  • Museum number:

    E.654:26-1996

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case LD, shelf 50

Physical description

An architectural drawing illustrating a design for a villa with a half-sunk story in the basement.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

ca.1784 (made)

Artist/maker

Plaw, John, born 1746 - died 1820 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink

Dimensions

Height: 32.1 cm Size of covers, Width: 24.8 cm Size of covers

Object history note

The designs for villas and cottages in 'The Plaw Album' were later reproduced as aquatints in Rural Architecture or Designs from the simple cottage to the decorated villa: including some which have been executed, published in 1785 by Isaac and J. Taylor. The publication was one of the first of many books on villas and smaller houses which profoundly affected the development of architecture in the years around 1800. Its aquatint illustrations were the first to set classical buildings into the newly fashionable picturesque landscape. These preparatory drawings show some small differences of detail from the aquatints, particularly in the landscape backgrounds.

Descriptive line

Drawing by John Plaw, 'Design for a Villa, with a half-sunk Story in the Basement, the Kitchen and part of the Offices are detached, and sunk as the Basement with an Attic over, for Servants Lodging Rooms, a Communication to the said Rooms from the first Landing of the back Stairs, where a Water-Closet may be placed, if preferred to that on the principal Floor', from 'The Plaw Album', an album of 60 architectural designs for villas and cottages, pencil, pen and ink drawing in an album half bound in calf with marbled boards, London, ca.1784

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996
Plate XXXVI
Plaw, John, Rural Architecture or Designs from the simple cottage to the decorated villa: including some which have been executed (London: Isaac and J. Taylor, 1785).

Materials

Paper; Pencil; Ink

Techniques

Architectural drawing

Subjects depicted

Plans; Villas; Architectural drawings

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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