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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 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 study of an acanthus plant with tumbling leaves, drawn on the back of the contents page of a book on medicine.

Place of Origin

Clerkenwell (designed)


ca.1769-ca.1797 (designed)


Lock, Matthias the Younger (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

CONTENTS // INTRODUCTION // PART I. // Sect.1. On the Medicinal Preparations of Lead. / Sect.2. On the Penetrability of Saturnine Topics. / Sect.3. On the Primary Effects of Saturnine Topics. / Sect.4. On the Repellent Quality of Saturnine Topics. / Sect.5. On Emollient Topics. // PART II. // Sect.1. On Inflammations. / Sect.2. On Ulcers. / Sect.3. On Anchyloses. / Sect.4. On the Herpes and Itch. / Sect.5. On Herniae. / Sect.6. On the Action of Bougies. // CONCLUSION
Page from a book on the back of which this study is drawn


Height: 185 mm, Width: 133 mm

Object history note

This drawing is likely to be a studio sketch by Lock and not intended for public view.

Descriptive line

A study of acanthus foliage, in pencil, on the back of a page from a medicinal book, from an album by Matthias Lock.


Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted





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