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  • Drawing
    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881
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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1871 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 117

In 1878, eight architects, including William Burges, were invited to submit drawings for the Truro Cathedral. With an orthodox 13th century composition in mind, his designs show the church made up of two west end towers, three portals, and a crossing spire with a free use of sculptural ornamentation throughout. After preliminary drawings though, he never completed or submitted his designs. Therefore his plans for the cathedral were not carried out in the built form.

Physical description

Pencil and watercolour drawing on paper of an interior wall of the Truro Cathedral. Marble colours, mosaics, and letter incisions are labeled.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1871 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and watercolour on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Underside of String'
Inscribed in the centre at the top.

'Marble mosaic / grey marble / letters incised [ill.] / dado of grey marble / the base course of black marble / two sides lke this'
Inscribed labels throughout the drawing.


Width: 66.4 cm, Length: 49.2 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing, Pencil and watercolour, Truro Cathedral, William Burges, English, ca. 1878.


Pencil; Watercolour; Paper



Subjects depicted

Marble; Wall mosaic; Inscription; Wall


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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