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Design for roundels

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen, and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    8829:12

  • 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

Pencil, pen, and watercolour drawing of a series of medallion-shaped designs on paper. Twelve designs numbered 2-12 depict grotesque creatures of different kinds of birds and other species. One design is crossed out and another is unfinished.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1868 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen, and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'[ill.] Feb/10/68'
Inscribed in the bottom left corner.

Dimensions

Width: 47.3 cm, Length: 14.5 cm

Descriptive line

William Burges. Design for 12 roundels or medallions with grotesque creatures. English, 1868.

Materials

Pencil; Black pen; Watercolour; Paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Grotesque figures

Categories

Designs; Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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