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Design
  • Design
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889
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Design

  • Place of origin:

    London, England (made)

  • Date:

    1851-53 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (Artist of the original wall decoration depicted in this drawing, artist)
    Frederick Smallfield, born 1829 (Creator of the drawing, artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour

  • Museum number:

    E.731-1950

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case JJ, shelf 15

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John Gregory Crace worked extensively for the 6th Duke of Devonshire at Devonshire House, London, and Chatsworth, designing a wide range of decorative schemes and furniture. He is also well known for his collaboration with A.W.N. Pugin, with whom he worked on the decoration of the new Palace of Westminster, and the medieval court at the Crystal Palace.

The Crace family were the most important firm of interior decorators working in the 19th century. They worked for every British monarch from George III to Queen Victoria and on a range of buildings that includes royal palaces, Leeds Town Hall and the Great Exhibition building of 1862.

Physical description

Drawing of a painted arabesque wall-decoration with composition ornaments.

Place of Origin

London, England (made)

Date

1851-53 (made)

Artist/maker

Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (Artist of the original wall decoration depicted in this drawing, artist)
Frederick Smallfield, born 1829 (Creator of the drawing, artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour

Dimensions

Height: 13.25 in, Width: 8.375 in

Object history note

Given by the Hon. Sir Steven Runciman

Descriptive line

Frederick Smallfield. Painted arabesque wall-decoration by J.C. Crace with composition decorations by Messrs. Jackson & Sons. Original artwork for plate 141 to The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century at the Great Exhibition MDCCCLI by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt. Pencil, watercolour and gold. London, 1851-53

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1950, London: HMSO, 1962.
The full text of the record is as follows:

'SMALLFIELD, Frederick. (1829-p.1893)

A painted arabesque design by J.C.Crace used as a wall-decoration, with decorations in composition by Messrs. Jackson & Sons of London. Drawing reproduced as Plate 141 in Volume II ogf The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century at the Great Exhibition MDCCCLI by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, published by Day & Son, London, 1851-1853.
Inscribed with note, caption, etc. by M. D. Wyatt
Pencil, water- and body-colour, chinese white and gold.

E.731-1950

Given by the Hon. Sir Steven Runciman, F.B.A.'
Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, The Industrial Arts of the Nineteenth Century at the Great Exhibition MDCCCLI, Day & Son, London, 1851-1853.
Megan Aldrich, The Craces: royal decorators 1768-1899, London, Murray, 1990.

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Body colour; Kaolinite

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Wall-decoration

Categories

Architecture; Designs; The Great Exhibition

Collection code

PDP

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