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Design - Design for a cradle
  • Design for a cradle
    Shaw, Richard Norman, born 1831 - died 1912
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Design for a cradle

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1861 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Shaw, Richard Norman, born 1831 - died 1912 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Michael Waterhouse CBE, PRIBA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 108

Richard Norman Shaw (1831-1912) designed this cradle for the son of the architect Alfred Waterhouse. The cradle is in the Gothic style and decorated with painted panels. The cradle itself is also in the Museum’s collections. Although its structure is close to the design, the painting of the panels is different. The floral patterns in the drawing are replaced by signs of the Zodiac on the finished piece.

In 1861 Shaw was designing in the reformed Gothic style, which is associated with William Burges (1827-1881) and William Morris (1834-1896). Painted panels formed the chief decorative element in this style. Very similar painted panels later became popular in works of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts movements. But they lacked the Gothic framing seen here.

Physical description

pen and ink drawing on paper

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1861 (made)


Shaw, Richard Norman, born 1831 - died 1912 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink


Height: 17.8 cm image, Width: 18.7 cm image, Height: 217 mm sheet, Width: 302 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Design for a cradle, with a diagram showing the construction of the rocking device

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

Neil Bingham, Dream, draw, work : architectural drawings by Norman Shaw RA : gallery guide London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2014.

Subjects depicted



Furniture; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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