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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1849-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designers)
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink over pencil, with later alterations in pencil

  • Museum number:

    E.1502-1912

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 143

This design follows the preliminary one, but it is given in much more detail. It was executed substantially as shown though changes were made to the costumes of both Earl and Countess Somers, see E.1503-1912 and E.1504-1912. It survived unaltered in 1979.

This is one of several designs, by Pugin, for interior decoration and furniture made for Earl Somers by J.G. Crace in 1849 and 1850. Pugin received £20 for his work with J.G. Crace at Eastnor Castle. The work-table, octagon table, walnut book case and the chandelier were specially designed for the commission, but other pieces of furniture such as X-frame chairs seem to have been adapted by Crace from designs sent to him by Pugin in 1849 for his general use as a furniture maker.

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

Pen and ink and pencil on paper

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1849-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designers)
Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink over pencil, with later alterations in pencil

Marks and inscriptions

‘Chimney Breast in Drawing Room / Eastnor Castle done for / Earl Somers’
with many names added on the genealogical tree, some in Crace’s hand, some apparently in J. Hardman Powell’s hand, some in Pugin’s hand. Measurements are also given.

Dimensions

Height: 456 mm, Width: 300 mm

Object history note

This design follows the preliminary one, but it is given in much more detail. It was executed substantially as shown though changes were made to the costumes of both Earl and Countess Somers, see E.1503-1912 and E.1504-1912. It survived unaltered in 1979.

Descriptive line

Design for a chimney breast with a genealogical tree for Eastnor Castle; A.W.N. Pugin, 1849-1850.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 192-194.
Taken from Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, Accessions 1912, London, Printed for His Majesty’s Stationery Office 1913, p.108

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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