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Drawing - A Design for an Armchair from; A Miscellaneous Collection of Original Designs, made, and for the most part executed, during an extensive Practice of many years in the first line of his Profession, by John Linnell, Upholserer Carver & Cabinet Maker. Selected from his Portfolios at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.
  • A Design for an Armchair from
    Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796
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A Design for an Armchair from; A Miscellaneous Collection of Original Designs, made, and for the most part executed, during an extensive Practice of many years in the first line of his Profession, by John Linnell, Upholserer Carver & Cabinet Maker. Selected from his Portfolios at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796 (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pencil, pen and wash

  • Museum number:

    E.66-1929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 8, box C1

This workshop sketch for an armchair in the form of the ‘French elbow chair’ was produced by John Linnell and demonstrates the integration of rococo forms within furniture design. The rococo style became popular in England around 1730 and can be identified by features such as elaborate S and C curved forms, naturalistic motifs and asymmetry. The cabriole legs within this design, which are curved and tapered, and the curved bow front seat are also typical rococo features.

Chairs such as this were often designed so that the upholstery could be removed and updated. The emphasis upon the upholstery represents the desire for comfort, which became increasingly important throughout the 18th century. Luxurious materials such as damask were often used on chairs of this design as well as tapestry which could depict naturalistic and animal imagery. This type of chair would have been used within domestic rooms such as the drawing room, to be enjoyed by family and guests.

Physical description

A design for an armchair in pen and ink, similar in design to E.59-1929. The chair is designed to have an upholstered back and seat and is composed from rococo forms such as cabriole legs and curved armrest rails. One of a set of designs for furniture, including chairs and state beds, interior decoration, including pier glasses, and architectural fittings including chimney pieces and doors. In a volume.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

late 18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Linnell, John, born 1729 - died 1796 (designers)

Materials and Techniques

pencil, pen and wash

Dimensions

Height: 17.5 cm volume, Width: 14.5 cm volume

Descriptive line

Design for an armchair in pen and ink, from a volume of designs for furniture, interior decoration and architectural fittings, by John Linnell, Great Britain, late 18th century

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

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1929, London: Board of Education, 1930.

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Ink; Wash

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Drawings; Furniture; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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