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  • Place of origin:

    clerkenwell (designed)

  • Date:

    ca.1769-ca.1797 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lock, Matthias the Younger (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This design came to the museum in an album of designs entitled Original Designs by Matts Lock, Carver 1740 - 1765. It includes a number of designs which should probably be associated with a later Matthias Lock, recorded at Clerkenwell Green in 1788-1797, who is probably his son. These include neo-classical mirror designs, and designs for foliate ornament. In 1769, a Matthias Lock published A New Book of Foliage for the Instruction of Young Artists and A New Book of Pier Frame's, Oval's, Gerandole's, Tables, &c, all in the neo-classical style. This is presumably also the son. The album therefore must have been compiled after the elder Lock's death in 1765. It was bought from a descendant, probably his grandson, George Lock, and had been exhibited by him at the International Exhibition held at South Kensington in 1862.

Physical description

A detailed study of an acanthus spray with many leaves, drawn in pencil, shaded with thick black wash, and highlighted with white wash.

Place of Origin

clerkenwell (designed)


ca.1769-ca.1797 (designed)


Lock, Matthias the Younger (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and wash on paper


Height: 355 mm, Width: 206 mm

Descriptive line

A study of an acanthus spray, in pencil with black and white wash on paper, from an album by Matthias Lock.


Pencil; Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted





Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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