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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. 1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, pencil, watercolour, and chalk 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

Pen, pencil, watercolour, and chalk drawing on paper of the elevation of an altar in Truro Cathedral. The detailed depiction is painted in rose, green and blue. Sculptures of angels and saints are set in niches at the centre of the altar, green and blue striped columns are to their sides and murals of other angels and saints are painted on surrounding walls. Remnants of the depiction of a wiped-off male figure are visible in the left side of the drawing.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1878 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen, pencil, watercolour, and chalk on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Truro Cathedral'
Inscribed in the bottom left corner.

'Wm Burges'
Inscribed in the bottom right corner.


Width: 40.5 cm, Length: 50.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing, Pen, pencil, watercolour, and chalk, Truro Cathedral, William Burges, English, ca. 1878.


Pen; Pencil; Watercolour; Chalk; Paper



Subjects depicted

Mural; Angels; Saint; Altar


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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