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Architectural design
  • Architectural design
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Architectural design

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil with pink, black and blue inks. Strengthened on the back with additional paper

  • Museum number:

    E.5032-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 229, box E

Partial elevation of a plinth by leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). This careful drawing, in an office hand, is difficult to interpret, but appears to show the upper part of a plinth, rendered in pink, designed to stand against a wall.

Chambers was born in Sweden and died in London. He travelled widely, visiting China, and studied architecture at the Ecole des Arts, Paris, from 1749 and in Italy from 1750 to 1755. Many of his drawings from this period are contained in his important 'Franco-Italian' album, held in the V&A. Chambers moved to London in 1755 and published his influential Treatise on Civil Architecture in 1759. Chambers demonstrated the breadth of his style in buildings such as Gower (later Carrington) House and Melbourne House, London, in such country houses as Duddingston, Scotland, and in the garden architecture he designed for Wilton House, Wiltshire, and at Kew Gardens. He became head of government building in 1782, and in this capacity built Somerset House, London.

Physical description

Partial elevation of a plinth. This careful drawing, in an office hand, is difficult to interpret, but appears to show the upper part of a plinth, rendered in pink, designed to stand against a wall.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil with pink, black and blue inks. Strengthened on the back with additional paper

Dimensions

Height: 209 mm, Width: 182 mm

Object history note

Bought from J. Starkie Gardner, 1910.

Descriptive line

Partial elevation of a plinth, 18th century, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

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

Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.

Materials

Pencil; Ink

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Elevation; Wall; Plinth

Categories

Drawings; Designs; Architecture

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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