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Design

Design

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1849-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)
    Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen on blue notepaper

  • Museum number:

    D.1148-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 147, box A

D.1114-1908 and D.1148-1908 both refer to the same design. The latter proposes some alterations following Crace’s comments.

This is one of several designs, by Pugin, for interior decoration and furniture made for Earl Somers by J.G. Crace in 1849 and 1850. Pugin received £20 for his work with J.G. Crace at Eastnor Castle. The work-table, octagon table, walnut book case and the chandelier were specially designed for the commission, but other pieces of furniture such as X-frame chairs seem to have been adapted by Crace from designs sent to him by Pugin in 1849 for his general use as a furniture maker.

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

Designs for the details of the same carpet contained within a letter, including diamond-shaped panels containing the initial 'S' and a border with a stag lodged.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

1849-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

A.W. Pugin, born 1812 - died 1852 (designer)
Crace, John Gregory, born 1809 - died 1889

Materials and Techniques

Pen on blue notepaper

Marks and inscriptions

'My dear Sir / I did not want the half square / to repeat but only to finish / the squares against the border.' [etc.]
Pugin goes on to comment on the potential introduction of gold and the family crest.

Dimensions

Height: 252 mm, Width: 202 mm

Object history note

D.1114-1908 and D.1148-1908 both refer to the same design. The latter proposes some alterations following Crace's comments.

Descriptive line

Designs for details of carpet for Eastnor Castle; A.W.N. Pugin, 1849-1850.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 192-194.

Materials

Pen

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Stags; Carpets

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Interiors

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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