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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 and pencil 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 and pencil drawing on paper of Truro Cathedral. Sketch of an entrance to the church with two figures in the foreground and surrounding buildings included in the background. Additional rough sketches in pencil of the church's tower, window designs, and ground plan are included at the sides.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1878 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Pen and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Truro Cathedral'
Inscribed in the bottom left corner.

'Wm Burges'
Inscribed in the bottom right corner.


Width: 50.5 cm, Length: 31.5 cm

Descriptive line

Drawing, pen and pencil, Truros Cathedral, William Burges, English, ca. 1878.


Pen; Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

People; Cathedral


Drawings; Designs


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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