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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.654-1980

  • Gallery location:

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

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 an altar candlestick. The design shows a deep hexagonal bowl decorated with angels to the candlestick. Half-way down the shaft is a wide flat drip-pan. The ornate hexagonal base rests on crocketed feet.

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

'The Candlestick'

'A'
on a shield with a scalloped outline.

Dimensions

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

Object history note

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, not located ABOVE PRESS E. 116, LEVEL D. Design for an altar candlestick, '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.

Materials

Pen and ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Crocket; Angels; Candlestick

Categories

Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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