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Architectural design - Design for a rococo ceiling
  • Design for a rococo ceiling
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889
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Design for a rococo ceiling

  • Object:

    Architectural design

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1842 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Eileen Crace

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 149, box D

This scheme for a Rococo ceiling is based on an 18th century design. It is a modified tracing from an engraved pattern book by J. F. Cuvilliés (1695-1768), which was first published in 1738. To many people in the 1840s, the revived Rococo style suggested grandeur and opulence. It seemed essentially French. (People then considered the French to be the style leaders of Europe.) Various Rococo pattern books were republished in the 1830s, and many rooms were decorated in conscious re-creations of the style.

John Gregory Crace worked extensively for the 6th Duke of Devonshire at Devonshire House, London, and Chatsworth, designing a wide range of decorative schemes and furniture. He is also well known for his collaboration with A.W.N. Pugin, with whom he worked on the decoration of the new Palace of Westminster, and the medieval court at the Crystal Palace.

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

Pencil drawing on paper

Place of Origin

London (made)


1842 (made)


Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889 (maker)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 30.4 cm

Descriptive line

Design for a rococo ceiling

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

Megan Aldrich, The Craces: royal decorators 1768-1899, London, Murray, 1990.

Subjects depicted



Interiors; Architecture; Architectural fittings; Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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