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Design for a cradle

Design
1861 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink
Brief Description
Design for a cradle, with a diagram showing the construction of the rocking device
Physical Description
pen and ink drawing on paper
Dimensions
  • Image height: 17.8cm
  • Image width: 18.7cm
  • Sheet height: 217mm
  • Sheet width: 302mm
Styles
Credit line
Given by Michael Waterhouse CBE, PRIBA
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Neil Bingham, Dream, draw, work : architectural drawings by Norman Shaw RA : gallery guide London : Royal Academy of Arts, 2014.
Collection
Accession Number
E.75-1961

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record createdFebruary 12, 2003
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