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Design

  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    c. 1846 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on blue notepaper

  • Museum number:

    D.877-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 142

The eagle displayed, the wolf’s head erased and the motto given all form part of the Myddleton Biddulph armorial bearings.

The decorations at Chirk Castle were one of Pugin's and Crace's major undertakings together. In their accounts for 1847, the work done at Chirk came to £2650. Pugin received £132 10s. 0d.. Pugin produced plans for the interior of the east side of the castle from 1846 to 1848. He provided designs for the Long Gallery, entrance hall and 18th-century reception rooms in the north wing; Pugin's only attempt at decorating classical rooms. His schemes have not survived.

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

Sketch designs (3 on 1 sheet) for a wallpaper, one incorporating an eagle displayed within a quatrefoil, one with a monogram of initials 'RMB' within a diamond, and one with wolves' heads erased between scrolls with the motto 'In veritate triumpho'.

Place of Origin

UK (made)

Date

c. 1846 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on blue notepaper

Marks and inscriptions

'In veritate triumpho'
'This is a simple / one and would look well [wolves' heads]. 'This would make a good paper if he is entitled / to the eagle'
with colour notes.

Dimensions

Height: 252 mm, Width: 204 mm

Object history note

The eagle displayed, the wolf's head erased and the motto given all form part of the Myddleton Biddulph armorial bearings.

Descriptive line

Three sketch designs for wallpaper for Chirk Castle; A.W.N. Pugin, c.1846.

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

Alexandra Wedgwood, A.W.N. Pugin and the Pugin Family , London; V&A, 1985, pp. 189-190.

Materials

Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Scroll; Wolf; Eagles; Initials (abbreviations); Wallpaper; Diamonds

Categories

Designs; Drawings; Interiors; Wall coverings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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