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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Drawing

  • Date:

    ca. 1755 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink, pencil and grey and sepia washes

  • Museum number:

    E.3235-1934

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 229

Measured elevation of a rusticated doorway to the Garden near the Great Theatre at Vicenza by Palladio by leading architect and designer, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). The masonry of the pilasters is significantly different to the plate in Treatise (Chambers 1759). They are rusticated in the drawing but both rusticated and chamfered in the plate.

Chambers was born in Sweden and died in London. He travelled widely, visiting China, and studied architecture at the Ecole des Arts, Paris, from 1749 and in Italy from 1750 to 1755. Many of his drawings from this period are contained in his important 'Franco-Italian' album, held in the V&A. Chambers moved to London in 1755 and published his influential Treatise on Civil Architecture in 1759. Chambers demonstrated the breadth of his style in buildings such as Gower (later Carrington) House and Melbourne House, London, in such country houses as Duddingston, Scotland, and in the garden architecture he designed for Wilton House, Wiltshire, and at Kew Gardens. He became head of government building in 1782, and in this capacity built Somerset House, London.

Physical description

Measured elevation of a rusticated doorway to the Garden near the Great Theatre at Vicenza by Palladio

Date

ca. 1755 (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink, pencil and grey and sepia washes

Marks and inscriptions

'W Chambers 1755'
Signed and dated

'1'
Numbered

'A Rustic door to a Garden near the Great Theatre at Vincenza by Palladio The Whole Composition is beautiful the proportions pleasing and the Exection good the Wall of the Garden is as high as to the top……; '
Inscribed in ink with dimensions

Watermark: LVG (similar to Churchill 1935, 406).

Dimensions

Height: 546 mm, Width: 380 mm

Object history note

Found unregistered in the department

Descriptive line

Measured elevation of a rusticated doorway to the Garden near the Great Theatre at Vicenza by Palladio, ca. 1755, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

Chambers, W. Treatise on Civil Architecture. 1759
Chambers, W. ? 1791
Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.

Production Note

Attribution note: Scale: 1 in. to 1 French foot.

The masonry of the pilasters is significantly different to the plate in Treatise. They are rusticated in the drawing but both rusticated and chamfered in the plate.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil; Grey wash; Sepia

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Elevation; Doorway

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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