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Drawing
  • Drawing
    Burges, William A.R.A., born 1827 - died 1881
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Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour, ink, and pencil on tracing paper

  • Museum number:

    D.320-1891

  • 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

Watercolour, ink, and pencil drawing on tracing paper of two male figures, likely saints. The figure on the left is depicted with a halo, wearing blue robes, and holds a sword and a book (likely a bible). The figure on the right is depicted with a halo, wearing green and gold robes, and holds a staff and a model of a building.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1878 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour, ink, and pencil on tracing paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Truro Cathedral'
Inscribed in the bottom left corner.

'Wm Burges'
Inscribed in the bottom right corner.

Dimensions

Width: 33 cm, Length: 48.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing, Watercolour, ink, and pencil, Truro Cathedral, William Burges, English, ca. 1878.

Materials

Watercolour; Ink; Pencil; Tracing paper

Techniques

Drawn

Subjects depicted

Staff; Halo; Sword; Male; Model

Categories

Drawings; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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