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Design - The Franco-Italian Album
  • The Franco-Italian Album
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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The Franco-Italian Album

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (drawn)
    France (drawn)

  • Date:

    1749-1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and pencil

  • Museum number:

    5712:25

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CUP, shelf 7C

Plan of a cascade in a garden linking two circular pools, the lower pool surrounded by trees and smaller fountains. On the verso, a sketch of a cinerary urn by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). Chambers was born in Sweden and died in London. He travelled widely, visiting China, and studied architecture at the Ecole des Arts, Paris, from 1749 and in Italy from 1750 to 1755. Many of his drawings from this period are contained in his important 'Franco-Italian' album, held in the V&A. Chambers moved to London in 1755 and published his influential Treatise on Civil Architecture in 1759. Chambers demonstrated the breadth of his style in buildings such as Gower (later Carrington) House and Melbourne House, London, in such country houses as Duddingston, Scotland, and in the garden architecture he designed for Wilton House, Wiltshire, and at Kew Gardens. He became head of government building in 1782, and in this capacity built Somerset House, London.

Physical description

Plan of a cascade in a garden linking two circular pools, the lower pool surrounded by trees and smaller fountains. On the verso, a sketch of a cinerary urn.

Place of Origin

Italy (drawn)
France (drawn)

Date

1749-1755 (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and pencil

Dimensions

Height: 185 mm, Width: 128 mm

Descriptive line

Plan of a cascade in a garden linking two circular pools, the lower pool surrounded by trees and smaller fountains. On the verso, a sketch of a cinerary urn by Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

Snodin, Michael. Sir William Chambers London: V&A Publications, 1996. ISBN: 1851771824
Kisluk-Grosheide, Daniëlle and Rondot, Bertrand (Eds.) Visiteurs de Versailles: Voyageurs, princes, ambassadeurs (1682-1789) Paris: Gallimard, 2017

Materials

Pen and ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Pools; Garden; Trees; Fountains; Cremation urns; Plan

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture; Drawings; Designs

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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