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Drawing

Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1832 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and black ink. Full bound in red leather with marbled endpapers.

  • Museum number:

    E.664-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case CUP, shelf 6, box C

Pugin does not use the usual word ‘monstrance’ to describe this object which implies that at this time he was considering Catholic ritual from the outside at this time. This design is from 'The Chest', a volume of finished drawings of designs for an imaginary medieval chest and its contents, based on Pugin's knowledge of 15th-century artefacts.

This book is the earliest of the group of bound volumes of Pugin's youthful ideal schemes in the V&A and it may be the earliest one there is. The idea of an illustrated book of designs was attempted on several loose sheets by Pugin in 1831 with his 'Designs for Silversmiths'. 'The Chest' gives his book a theme which is continued in 'The Shrine', 1832, which was probably his next book. 'The Chest' marks a turning point between Pugin's early furniture and metalwork designs and his desire to train himself as an architect, also revealed in works such as 'The Shrine' and 'St Margaret's Chapel'.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) is widely considered as one of the most significant and influential architects, designers and theorists of the 19th century. Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1835, he identified the Gothic style with Christian architecture and his work and writings inspired and framed the Gothic Revival. In ‘Contrasts’, published in 1836, he condemned classical forms and ardently praised 14th and 15th-century architecture. Pugin is best remembered for his work on the Palace of Westminster.

Physical description

Design for a monstrance. The design is full of angels, supporting the foot, forming a circle to the hose and hovering below the circle. The top of the monstrance is formed by four trefouls forming a cross with the Sacred Monogram at the centre and ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’ on a scroll below.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1832 (made)

Artist/maker

A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and black ink. Full bound in red leather with marbled endpapers.

Marks and inscriptions

‘Expositor of the Holy Sacrament/Gold set with Jewels’

'A'
on a shield with a scalloped outline

‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo’

Dimensions

Height: 232 mm binding, Width: 185 mm binding, Height: 218 mm paper, Width: 175 mm paper

Object history note

Pugin does not use the usual word ‘monstrance’ to describe this object which implies that at this time he was considering Catholic ritual from the outside at this time.

This design is from 'The Chest', a volume of finished drawings of designs for an imaginary medieval chest and its contents which are mainly of an ecclesiastical character, based on Pugin's knowledge of 15th-century artefacts.

This book is the earliest of the group of bound volumes of Pugin's youthful ideal schemes in the V&A and it may be the earliest one there is. The idea of an illustrated book of designs was attempted on several loose sheets by Pugin; his Designs for Silversmiths, 1831. 'The Chest' gives his book a theme which is continued in 'The Shrine', 1832, which was probably his next book and which almost has a story to it. 'The Chest' marks a turning point between Pugin's early furniture and metalwork designs and his desire to train himself as an architect, which is also revealed in works such as 'The Shrine' and 'St Margaret's Chapel'.

Descriptive line

Pugin, designs for imaginary medieval chest and its contents. ABOVE PRESS E.116, LEVEL D. Design for a monstrance, 'The Chest' by A.W.N. Pugin.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 130.

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Monstrance; Angels

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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