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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and grey wash

  • Museum number:

    7074:28

  • Gallery location:

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

Plan, elevation and section of a Corinthian pilaster capital by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). This sheet has been cut into four pieces, three of which have now been reunited.

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, elevation and section of a Corinthian pilaster capital. This sheet has been cut into four pieces, three of which have now been reunited.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and grey wash

Marks and inscriptions

'Chapiteau des Pilastres a St Ignace; Plan; Profil sur l'Angle;'
Inscribed in ink with dimensions

Dimensions

Height: 336 mm, Width: 328 mm

Object history note

Bought from Parsons.

Historical context note

The church of S. Ignazio was designed from 1628 by Orazio Grassi and was still incomplete in 1650. Chambers presumably visited with French friends, hence the French titles and measure. See also cat.554.

Descriptive line

Plan, elevation and section of a Corinthian pilaster capital, 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 1 French foot)

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink; Grey wash

Techniques

Drawing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Plan; Pilaster; Capitals; Elevation; Corinthian (architectural style)

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture; Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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