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Design drawing - Design for a blind
  • Design for a blind
    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852
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Design for a blind

  • Object:

    Design drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1848 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and green wash on paper

  • Museum number:

    D.698-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case E, shelf 1B

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.

Physical description

Same pattern as D.818-1908 drawn to a larger scale and including the alterations suggested in pencil.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

ca.1848 (made)

Artist/maker

A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and green wash on paper

Dimensions

Height: 99 cm, Width: 47.5 cm

Object history note

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.

Descriptive line

Design for Palace of Westminster Blind

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, p. 218.

Labels and date

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]

Techniques

Drawing

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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