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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 with grey wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    7075:8

  • Gallery location:

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

Plan drawn on to thin Italian paper featuring a horseshoe-shaped auditorium surrounded by radiating boxes by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). Three large and complex staircases, the centre one in an octagonal compartment, lead up to the auditorium.

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 drawn on to thin Italian paper featuring a horseshoe-shaped auditorium surrounded by radiating boxes. Three large and complex staircases, the centre one in an octagonal compartment, lead up to the auditorium.

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 with grey wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Theatre of St: Carlo at Naples'

Watermark is a fleur-de-lis in an oval cartouche (cf. Churchil; 1935, 373).

Dimensions

Height: 301 mm, Width: 436 mm

Object history note

Brought from E. Parsons, 1869

Descriptive line

Plan traced on to thin Italian paper featuring a horseshoe-shaped auditorium surrounded by radiating boxes 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

Materials

Grey wash; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Theatres; Plan

Categories

Designs; Architecture; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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