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Design for a bed stead

  • 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 on paper

  • Museum number:

    8829:28

  • 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 section drawing on paper of a bed revealing levels of the headboard and footboard.

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 on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Headboard / Footboard'
Inscriptions labeled within the drawing.

Dimensions

Width: 12.8 cm, Length: 16 cm

Descriptive line

William Burges. Design for a bed. English, ca. 1855- 1881.

Materials

Pen; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Beds (furniture)

Categories

Designs; Furniture; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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