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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 and watercolour on tracing 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, and watercolour drawing of four male saints on tracing paper. The first man in the far left wears a long dark robe with a hood and a cross on it. He has a halo, holds a cross, and is barefoot. The second figure wears purple robes and a mitre. He holds a book and staff. The third figure wears green robes and a mitre. He holds the model of a building and a staff. The fourth figure wears blue and red robes and holds a book and sword.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1878 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen, pencil and watercolour on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Truro Cathedral'
Inscribed at the bottom towards the left.


Width: 27.9 cm, Length: 16.5 cm

Descriptive line

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


Pen; Pencil; Watercolour; Tracing paper



Subjects depicted

Staff; Model; Cross; Sword; Saint


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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