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Design for a blind

Design Drawing
ca.1848 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
This is the design for a roller blind for the original decorative scheme at the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the few designs that A.W.N. Pugin did for printed textiles. The design shows repeating motifs inspired by Gothic arches. Pugin frequently used this as a framework for his patterns.

Place
A.W.N. Pugin was in charge of decorative furnishings for the Houses of Parliament, known at the time as the New Palace of Westminster. The pattern for the blind uses the symbols of roses and crowns, both associated with royalty and the aristocracy. Pugin frequently used these symbols in his designs for The Palace of Westminster as they represent the authority of Crown and Parliament.

Design & Designing
There are three versions of this design in the Museum's collections. They are done on different scales and show how Pugin made alterations to the leaves. Pugin frequently made a number of different versions of his designs, changing them until he was happy.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil and green wash on paper
Brief Description
Design for Palace of Westminster Blind
Physical Description
Same pattern as D.818-1908 drawn to a larger scale and including the alterations suggested in pencil.
Dimensions
  • Height: 99cm
  • Width: 47.5cm
Dimensions checked: Measured; 04/10/2000 by PaperCons Dimensions previously given as 139 x 82.5
Gallery Label
British Galleries: The design shows repeating motifs inspired by Gothic arches. A.W.N. Pugin frequently used this as a framework for his patterns. This roller blind is one of the few surviving textiles from the original decorative scheme at the Palace of Westminster.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Designed by A.W.N. Pugin (born in London, 1812, died in Ramsgate, Kent, 1852). One of a series of designs (on 3 sheets) for a blind in the Houses of Parliament.
Summary
Object Type
This is the design for a roller blind for the original decorative scheme at the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the few designs that A.W.N. Pugin did for printed textiles. The design shows repeating motifs inspired by Gothic arches. Pugin frequently used this as a framework for his patterns.

Place
A.W.N. Pugin was in charge of decorative furnishings for the Houses of Parliament, known at the time as the New Palace of Westminster. The pattern for the blind uses the symbols of roses and crowns, both associated with royalty and the aristocracy. Pugin frequently used these symbols in his designs for The Palace of Westminster as they represent the authority of Crown and Parliament.

Design & Designing
There are three versions of this design in the Museum's collections. They are done on different scales and show how Pugin made alterations to the leaves. Pugin frequently made a number of different versions of his designs, changing them until he was happy.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 218.
Collection
Accession Number
D.698-1908

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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