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Model of Northumberland House Drawing Room

  • Object:

    Architectural model

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Askew, Lucy (designer and maker)
    The Network Modelmakers (designer and maker)
    Historic Classic Houses (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, plastic and metal

  • Museum number:

    E.3837-2004

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118; The Wolfson Gallery

The famous Glass Drawing Room at Northumberland House, London, was designed by Robert Adam and built between 1770 and 1775. It was made for one of the most flamboyant couples in London society, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland and decorated in an elaborate neo-classical style. The desired effect of glittering splendour was achieved by the use of mirrors, foil-backed glass panels and a lavish use of gilded wood and metal.

This model was specially commissioned to show how Adam's dense, Neo-classical ornament covered the ceiling, continued over the walls and even appeared on the carpet. Miniature working lights suggest the effect of candle light on the coloured, mirrored glass panelling. This model was made by Lucy Askew and produced by the Network Modelmakers, London, 2001 for the British Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The model is currently displayed next to a partial reconstruction of the original panelling from the room.

Physical description

Model (twenty-first century) of the Northumberland House Glass Drawing Room in a grey box case. Miniature working lights suggest the effect of candle light on the coloured, mirrored glass panelling.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2001 (made)

Artist/maker

Askew, Lucy (designer and maker)
The Network Modelmakers (designer and maker)
Historic Classic Houses (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, plastic and metal

Dimensions

Length: 105 cm, Height: 61.5 cm, Width: 70 cm

Descriptive line

Architectural model of the Northumberland House Glass Drawing Room made by Lucy Askew in about 2001 for the British Galleries at the V&A.

Production Note

Attribution note: The model is built at a scale of 1:12.

Materials

Wood; Plastic; Metal

Techniques

Carpentry

Subjects depicted

Model makers; Model; Drawing rooms; Model-making; Architectural model

Categories

Architecture

Production Type

Model

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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