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Design - West elevation of the Science Schools (now the Henry Cole Wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum) and proposed extension in the same style
  • West elevation of the Science Schools (now the Henry Cole Wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum) and proposed extension in the same style
    Cole, Henry Sir, born 1808 - died 1882
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West elevation of the Science Schools (now the Henry Cole Wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum) and proposed extension in the same style

  • Object:

    Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cole, Henry Sir, born 1808 - died 1882 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil drawing with watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Alan S. Cole Esq. CB

  • Museum number:

    E.2034-1921

  • Gallery location:

    Architecture, Room 128a, case CA1

Henry Cole, the first director of the South Kensington Museum (later known as the Victoria and Albert Museum), had drawn a rough sketch of proposed buildings while the Science Schools were still in course of erection [see E.2033-1921]. The Museum was to be extended in a similar style, so he scribbled his ideas down on a piece of writing paper, knowing that his draughtsmen in the Museum Design Office would turn its content into this attractive presentation drawing. Their drawing contains and expands all the information in Cole's sketch, and shows how the proposed chimney tower for the boiler house, with its spiral exterior staircase, would have formed a distinctive and imaginative landmark. Unfortunately, the Treasury did not approve of more expenditure. The tower, the ground-floor arcade and the duplication of the Science Schools block to the right of the tower therefore remained unexecuted. This area of the Museum site was eventually built upon much later, to designs by Sir Aston Webb, and not completed until 1909.

Physical description

Pencil drawing with watercolour on paper. An octagonal tower, charactertised by stacked round-arched arcades, an external spiral staircase and a viewing platform, forms the central motif in this scheme for the Exhibition Road front of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is linked by a ground-floor arcade to the Science Schools (to the left), and to a duplicate of the Science Schools building (to the right). Two flaps, covering the outer corners of the rooflines of the Science Schools and its duplicate, are adhered to the drawing. On the surfaces of the flaps, these outer corners are finished with pediments; beneath the flaps, the corners are shown as raised blocks with convex-sided roofs topped by a balustrade. Scale bar; drawing inscribed May 1868.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1868 (made)

Artist/maker

Cole, Henry Sir, born 1808 - died 1882 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil drawing with watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Dated May 1868

Dimensions

Height: 19.6 cm, Width: 45.7 cm

Descriptive line

Design for Victoria and Albert Museum after Henry Cole, Exhibition Road front, 1868

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

Physick, John. The Victoria and Albert Museum: The History of Its Building. London: The Victoria & Albert Museum, 1982.

Labels and date

After Sir Henry Cole KCB
(1808-1882)

West elevation of the Science
Schools (now the Henry Cole Wing
of the Victoria and Albert Museum)
and proposed extension in the same
style, with a colonnade to join both
structures. 1868
Pencil and watercolour

This drawing by the Museum Design Office
has included all the information contained
in Cole's sketches, and shows how the
proposed chimney for the boiler house,
with its spiral exterior staircase, would have
formed a distinctive and imaginative
landmark.
E.2034-1921 []

Materials

Pencil; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Architectural drawing

Subjects depicted

Elevations

Categories

Tiles; Designs; History of the V&A; Drawings; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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