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Architectural drawing
  • Architectural drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    mid 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (drawn by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with pencil

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Plan of one of the small domes of St Peters by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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 one of the small domes of St Peters.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


mid 18th century (made)


Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (drawn by)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'Plan of the little Domes of St Peters. On the outside; french measure'
Inscribed in brown ink with dimensions


Height: 381 mm, Width: 267 mm

Descriptive line

Plan of one of the small domes of St Peters, 18th century, 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: 13/16 in. to 6 French feet.


Pencil; Pen and ink



Subjects depicted

Plan; Domes


Designs; Architecture; Drawings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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