Architectural Design

18th century (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Elevation of a pedestal by John Yenn (1750-1821) from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). The pedestal is 4 ft. 6 in. tall and tapers towards the base.

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink, pencil and watercolour
Brief Description
Elevation of a pedestal, 18th century, John Yenn (1750-1821) office of Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).
Physical Description
Elevation of a pedestal. The pedestal is 4 ft. 6 in. tall and tapers towards the base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 402mm
  • Width: 184mm
Production typeDesign
Marks and Inscriptions
(Inscribed in ink with dimensions)
Object history
Bought from J. Starkie Gardner, 1910.
Production
Attribution note: The drawing is by John Yenn.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Elevation of a pedestal by John Yenn (1750-1821) from the office of leading architect and designer Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). The pedestal is 4 ft. 6 in. tall and tapers towards the base.



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.
Bibliographic Reference
Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.
Collection
Accession Number
E.5026-1910

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