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Furniture design

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pugin, Augustus Charles, born 1769 - died 1832 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 107, box C

Physical description

Design for a circular pedestal table in the gothic style, with four griffin supporters at the base,


1825 (made)


Pugin, Augustus Charles, born 1769 - died 1832 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Gothic Table for a Library' and dated 'Decr. 22nd 1825'.


Height: 121 mm, Width: 191 mm

Object history note

This design was clearly made to be reproduced as an illustration in Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts', where the colours of the watercolour were exactly copied. It belongs to the group of twenty-seven furniture designs made by A.C. Pugin and printed in the 'Repository of Arts' between June 1825 and September 1827. they were then subsequently brought together as a book, 'Pugin's Gothic Furniture', which was published by Ackermann, without a date but probably in 1827. The letter-press in the 'Repository' describing the table states that the griffins on the base are taken from the Palais de Justice at Rouen. A.C. Pugin visited Normandy several times with his students making drawings in preparations for his book, 'Pugin and Le Keux's Specimens of the Architectural Antiquities of Normandy', 1827. The delightful group of medieval illuminated manuscripts which are lying on the table might possibly be a contribution from the young A.W.N. Pugin, then thirteen years old.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 302.


Pencil; Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Griffin; Table


Drawings; Designs

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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