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Original Puginiana

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and blue ink over some pencil

  • Museum number:

    E.70-1955

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 94, shelf F, box 54

This design contains an early example of Pugin's use of the X-frame form which was a characteristic of his mature style.

This is one of a number of designs for Perry Hall, Handsworth, Birmingham, for Mrs John Perry Gough. The volume is valuable for providing details of the young Pugin's attempt at a business venture.

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

f.19. Elevations of two carved end tables. One table has an X-frame and the other cup and cover supports joined by stretchers. Alterations in pencil to the table with cup and cover supports seem designed to make it larger, the same height as the X-frame table.

On the verso, probably in Pugin's hand, several slight sketches, including a perspective of a large room apparently in a classical style, a chest and part of a fireplace.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1830 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and blue ink over some pencil

Marks and inscriptions

'end tables'

'A Pugin Junr'
'1830'

Dimensions

Height: 425 mm bound book, Width: 300 mm bound book, Height: 245 mm design, Width: 390 mm design

Object history note

This design contains an early example of Pugin's use of the X-frame form which was a characteristic of his mature style.

Descriptive line

A.W.N. Pugin. One of 32 pages in a volume of designs, bound in black morocco, titled 'Original Puginiana'; 1830-1831.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 182-185.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Chest; End table; Fireplace; Room

Categories

Designs; Furniture; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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