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'State Chair'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1834 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and red and black ink over pencil. Full bound in cloth (by the museum).

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 94, shelf B, box 1

This is one of 12 designs that were probably originally bound as a booklet for the antiques dealer Edward Hull. They are based on gothic Perpendicular examples and motifs. Hull supplied medieval artefacts for clients and furniture made from medieval fragments, therefore it is likely that these designs were either a book of ideas for Hull or something for him to show to customers.

Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) is widely considered as one of the most significant and influential architects, designers and theorists of the 19th century. Following his conversion to Catholicism in 1835, he identified the Gothic style with Christian architecture and his work and writings inspired and framed the Gothic Revival. In 'Contrasts', published in 1836, he condemned classical forms and ardently praised 14th and 15th-century architecture. Pugin is best remembered for his work on the Palace of Westminster.

Physical description

Perspective of a 'State Chair'. This design has traceried and craved panels to the base and sides which also form the arms. The high carved back panel is surmounted by a fat trefoil, two sides of which are ogee curves decorated with crockets. The seat is upholstered.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


1834 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and red and black ink over pencil. Full bound in cloth (by the museum).

Marks and inscriptions

in monogram

'State Chair'


Height: 225 mm binding, Width: 185 mm binding, Height: 220 mm paper, Width: 175 mm paper

Descriptive line

One of thirteen pages from a bound volume of 'Designs for Furniture', A.W.N. Pugin, 1834.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 152-154.


Pen and ink; Pencil



Subjects depicted

State chair; Trefoil; Crockets; Ogee


Designs; Drawings; Furniture


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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