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

  • Museum number:

    7074:9

  • Gallery location:

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

Measured drawings of an elevation of a door surround, side elevation of the bracket and a plan of the underside of the mutuled cornice by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). On the verso, a scale drawing of a Composite entablature which appears to be a sketch for cat.591, from which it varies slightly. The sheet has been made up from three fragments.

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

Measured drawings of an elevation of a door surround, side elevation of the bracket and a plan of the underside of the mutuled cornice. On the verso, a scale drawing of a Composite entablature which appears to be a sketch for cat.591, from which it varies slightly. The sheet has been made up from three fragments.

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 with pencil

Marks and inscriptions

Watermark: VDL, close to Churchill 1935, 406.

Dimensions

Height: 537 mm, Width: 377 mm

Object history note

Bought from Parsons

Descriptive line

Measured drawings of an elevation of a door surround, side elevation of the bracket and a plan of the underside of the mutuled cornice, 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: Large areas of the original sheet are still missing, and have been replaced with Japanese paper. When cat.546 was engraved in simplified form in the Treatise the window was described as being in the ‘Salon’ and designed by Sangallo.
See also cats.294-296.

Materials

Pencil; Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Elevation; Brackets (structural elements); Doorframes; Cornice; Buildings

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture; Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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