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Drawing - Original Puginiana

Original Puginiana

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    October 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink on white notepaper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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.12. letter and account (on a folded sheet) for Mrs Gough, from Pugin, 27 October 1830.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


October 1830 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on white notepaper

Marks and inscriptions

'Madam / The receipt of your favour of the / 23rd gives me much pleasure as it expresses / your approbation of the furniture sent. [etc.]'
The letter goes on to discuss an 'accident' that occurred to a table top. He apologises for requesting money in the previous letter. Further information on delivery dates and correcting mistakes in his accounts. He asks for £60. List of furniture and prices.


Height: 425 mm bound book, Width: 300 mm bound book, Height: 226 mm letter, Width: 374 mm letter

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.


Pen and ink



Subjects depicted



Designs; Furniture; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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