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Design for a 'Presidents Chair' 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 Portfolio's at his Decease, by C. H. Tatham Architect. AD 1800.

  • Object:


  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

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

A page of designs entitled ‘Presidents Chair’ by John Linnell, made in the late 18th century.

Physical description

Design sheet entitled 'Presidents Chair' with a series of design sketches of various parts of a chair. On the right hand side are three designs in profile of a chair with a canopy above it, situated on top of a dais and decorated with armrests in the form of sphinxes. On top of two of these designs, pencil drawings have been sketched, one of a figure sitting on the chair. On the left hand side are sketches including designs for the front of the chair, with probably female figures incorporated into the designs. 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)


late 18th century (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

pencil, pen and wash

Marks and inscriptions

'Presidents chair'


Height: 22.3 cm volume, Width: 37.4 cm volume

Descriptive line

Design for a 'Presidents Chair' in pencil 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.


Paper (fiber product); Ink; Wash



Subjects depicted

Subject; Caryatid; Throne; Sphinx; Canopy


Drawings; Furniture; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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