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Design

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, designed)
    Britain (possibly, designed)

  • Date:

    circa 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mewès & Davis (designed)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil and crayon

  • Museum number:

    E.866:7-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 107, box A

The architectural partnership was founded in 1900 by Charles Frédéric Mewès (1860- 1914) and Arthur Joseph Davis (1878-1951). Both studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became famous for their skillful reinterpretation of 18th-century styles.

They built a large practice working for rich financiers and industrialists both in France and Britain. They remodelled Luton Hoo for the diamond magnate Julius Wernher, and one of their most celebrated commission was the Ritz Hotel (1903-6) in London, the first steel-framed building in the city designed with a Parisian exterior and mansard roof, and interiors in the Louis XVI style.

Physical description

Two elevation drawings for a bedroom in the Louis XV style.

Top: Louis XV style bed in an alcove hung with a pink curtain. Carved wall panelling, two glass doors surmounted by painted trumeaux.

Bottom: window hung with pink curtains and dressing table with ormolu candlesticks. Commode on the left and sofa on the right.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, designed)
Britain (possibly, designed)

Date

circa 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Mewès & Davis (designed)

Materials and Techniques

pencil and crayon

Dimensions

Height: 311 mm, Width: 211 mm

Descriptive line

Elevation for a bedroom in the Louis XV style by Mewès and Davis, c. 1900.

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

Edwardian Opulence. British Art at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century Yale venter for British Art, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-300-19025-0.
Cat. 14

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Gardens & Gardening; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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