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Original Puginiana

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    September 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 letter was preceded by the one mounted on f.9.

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. 7. Letter to Mrs Gough from Pugin dated 27 September 1830.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


September 1830 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink on white notepaper

Marks and inscriptions

'Madam / I herewith enclose a receipt for / the 20 pounds you were so kind as to / send me [etc.]'
the letter continues to give Mrs Gough Pugin's best wishes and a report on the appearance and packing of the furniture soon to be delivered.


Height: 425 mm bound book, Width: 300 mm bound book, Height: 223 mm letter, Width: 367 mm letter

Object history note

This letter was preceded by the one mounted on f.9

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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