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  • Design
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889
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  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1851-53 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (artist)
    Smallfield, Frederick, born 1829 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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 (made)


1851-53 (made)


Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (artist)
Smallfield, Frederick, born 1829 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, watercolour, bodycolour


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


Pencil; Watercolour; Body colour; Kaolinite



Subjects depicted



Designs; Architecture; The Great Exhibition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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