Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Design for a table

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 - 1881 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and wash on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case 93, shelf E, box 8

William Burges began designing furniture early in his career, in the mid-1850s, and continued until his death in 1881. Generally heavy, sculptural, extensively carved, and with medieval decorations, his furniture stood out in the 19th century particularly for its unique application of painted decoration. Following a medieval fashion of design, Burges applied painted decoration to his furniture to correspond to greater painted schemes on surrounding walls and ceilings. He displayed a number of such painted pieces at the International Exhibition of 1862 in the Medieval Court. Despite receiving mixed reviews for his use of colours, decorative subjects, and carpentry at this early date, Burges’ furniture proved very popular in succeeding decades. He continued to design in this bold fusion of Pre-Raphaelitism and the Gothic Revival the duration of his career.

Physical description

Pen and wash drawing on paper of an octagonal tabletop. A plan drawing of the table reveals the shape of legs below and hidden iron elements.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1855 - 1881 (made)


Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and wash on paper

Marks and inscriptions

' 1/4" thick / Iron Plate screwed to top and legs'
Labels inscribed throughout the drawing.


Width: 10 cm, Length: 7.5 cm

Descriptive line

William Burges. Table and tabletop with iron mounts. English, ca. 1855 - 1881.


Pen; Wash; Paper



Subjects depicted

Table; Plan


Designs; Furniture; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.