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    Lovett Pearce, Edward Sir, born 1699 - died 1733
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    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.2124:3-1992

  • Gallery location:

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

An early design for Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, [?] on two sheets formerly joined, showing the front elevation of a small villa with a distyle in antis portico. The Doric columns have been roughly altered in ink to form Ionic capitals. A domed roof is added in pencil. On the back of the left hand sheet is a ground plan of the same villa.

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

An early design for Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, [?] on two sheets formerly joined, showing the front elevation of a small villa with a distyle in antis portico. The Doric columns have been roughly altered in ink to form Ionic capitals. A domed roof is added in pencil. On the back of the left hand sheet is a ground plan of the same villa.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

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

'write to Mr William to Mr Barrington'
Inscribed on the back

Inscribed in ink with measurements and dimensions.

Dimensions

Height: 30.4 cm, Width: 21.1 cm, Height: 30.4 cm, Width: 20.5 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

Bellamont Forest was designed for Thomas Coote, who married Pearce's aunt, Ann Lovett. The house was finished by 1729. In designing Bellamont about 1728, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce introduced into Ireland the first thoroughly designed four-square Palladian villa, just as, in England, Colen Campbell had done about 1718 with Baldersley Park (former Newby Park), Yorkshire. Loosely inspired by Palladio's Villa Pisani at Montagnana, Pearce noted `This villa looks wonderfully well and much understood ye designe ought not to have been shaded there is no portico but half pillars. Ye pillars in ye hall have same effect as crowding and did not please, but ye whole as not having been finished is going to ruin - of brick'. See E.2124.74 for Pearce's original design for the ground floor plan. The inscription on the back of this drawing is thought by Colvin and Craig to be in the hand of Pearce. For other designs related to Bellamont Forest see also E.2124.32, .67, .74, .157, .158, .166, .181.

Descriptive line

An early design for Bellamont Forest, Co. Cavan, on two sheets formely joined in the Vanbrugh Album; attributed to 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. 48, cat. 118.
Griffin, D. 'Irelan'ds Palladian Gem', Irish Arts Review , Vol 3, No 4, Winter 1986

Production Note

Attribution note: Scale: 1 inch to 4½ feet.

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Ionic; Distyle in antis; Columns; Doric; Capitals

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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