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Drawing - Design for a book table
  • Design for a book table
    Crace, John Dibblee, born 1838 - died 1919
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Design for a book table

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    May 1903 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crace, John Dibblee, born 1838 - died 1919 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, partly tinted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

John Dibblee Crace first came to public notice through his Gothic- and Renaissance-style furniture for the International Exhibition of 1862. His clients included the 4th Marquess of Bath for whom he redocorated Longleat, and William Waldorf Astor who commissioned him to decorate Cliveden (ca. 1895).

The Crace family were the most important firm of interior decorators working in Britain 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

Design for a book table, full size working drawing. Signed and dated.

Place of Origin

England (made)


May 1903 (made)


Crace, John Dibblee, born 1838 - died 1919 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, partly tinted

Marks and inscriptions

J.D. Crace, May 1903


Height: 31 in, Width: 22 in

Object history note

Presented by J.D. Crace

Descriptive line

Design for a book table for W.W. Astor's Estate Office, Victoria Embankment, London. By J.D. Crace, May 1903.

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

Megan Aldrich, The Craces: royal decorators 1768-1899, London, Murray, 1990.
Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1912, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1913





Subjects depicted

Tables (support furniture)


Designs; Furniture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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