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Design
  • Design
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca.1598-1603 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and grey, green and blue washes

  • Museum number:

    7076:23

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 229

Plan and sections of the cascade and water theatre by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). The villa, also known as the Villa Ludovisi, was originally laid out by Annibale Caro in 1563. The cascade and water theatre were added in 1607-1610 by Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana. In 1680 the villa passed to the Conti family.

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 and sections of the cascade and water theatre. The villa, also known as the Villa Ludovisi, was originally laid out by Annibale Caro in 1563. The cascade and water theatre were added in 1607-1610 by Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana. In 1680 the villa passed to the Conti family.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, made)

Date

ca.1598-1603 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and grey, green and blue washes

Marks and inscriptions

'Cascade in the Villa Conti at Frescati'
Inscribed in ink

Notes and dimensions

'Villa Conti, Frescati.'
Written in pencil on the verso and in a later hand

Dimensions

Height: 472 mm, Width: 541 mm

Object history note

Brought from E. Parsons, 1869

Historical context note

The villa, also known as the Villa Ludovisi, was originally laid out by Annibale Caro in 1563. The cascade and water theatre were added in 1607-1610 by Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana. In 1680 the villa passed to the Conti family.

Descriptive line

Plans and sections of the cascade and water theatre at Villa Ludovisi 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

Production Note

Attribution note: (Scale: ¾ in. to 5 ft)

Materials

Grey wash; Pencil; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Theatres; Water; Plan; Cascade

Categories

Designs; Architecture; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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