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'Maps & Papers relating to Ashly. Plan of extensions to Ashley Park, nr Walton, Surrey, seat of Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon;

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    early 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lovett Pearce, Edward Sir, born 1699 - died 1733 (architect)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and ink and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.2124:90-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

Maps and papers relating to Ashly. Plan of extensions to Ashley Park, near Walton, Surrey, seat of Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon.

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

Maps and papers relating to Ashly. Plan of extensions to Ashley Park, near Walton, Surrey, seat of Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

early 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Lovett Pearce, Edward Sir, born 1699 - died 1733 (architect)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and ink and wash

Marks and inscriptions

'part of the House as it now is [Gent?] to mention the moving of the terras in the garden & casino & elm grove, '
Inscribed in ink with a key referring to rooms.

Inscribed with dimensions and scale.

Inscribed on the back with title.

Dimensions

Height: 33.1 cm, Width: 42.8 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.

Historical context note

See E.2124.14. The house was known to have been built from 1602 and was finally demolished in 1925. This plan shows in outline the north wing of the old house with semi-circular bows on the east and west ends. The proposed extension comprises a new office and servants range the width of the wing, a connecting corridor to a laundry and kitchen block overlooking the kitchen garden on the west side, and a courtyard with a concave wall on the east with the already built stable block set in the north-east angle. There are similarities between the east front centre and Vanbrugh's own house at Claremont; however the plan is in Pearce's hand. Pearce and Vanbrugh could have been involved together at Ashley, with Pearce continuing to work there after Vanbrugh's death in 1726. Alternatively, Vanbrugh could have initiated the work with Pearce being summoned to continue, complete or extend Vanbrugh's work in 1726.

Descriptive line

Plan of extensions to Ashley Park, near Walton, Surrey, seat of Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon in the Vanbrugh Album; Sir Edward Lovett Pearce (ca.1695-1733).

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. 56, cat. 152.
Bernelle, A. Decantations: A Tribute to Maurice Craig. The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1992.

Production Note

Attribution note: Scale: 2 1/2 inches to 40 feet.

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Plan; Extensions; Maps; Papers

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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