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Architectural drawing
  • Architectural drawing
    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796
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Architectural drawing

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink with pencil

  • Museum number:

    7074:79

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 229

Measured drawing of a window surrouned and a cornice in the rotunda at Capra by leading architect and designer, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796). Chambers was born in Sweden and died in London. He travelled widely, visiting China, and studied architecture at the Ecole des Arts, Paris, from 1749 and in Italy from 1750 to 1755. Many of his drawings from this period are contained in his important 'Franco-Italian' album, held in the V&A. Chambers moved to London in 1755 and published his influential Treatise on Civil Architecture in 1759. Chambers demonstrated the breadth of his style in buildings such as Gower (later Carrington) House and Melbourne House, London, in such country houses as Duddingston, Scotland, and in the garden architecture he designed for Wilton House, Wiltshire, and at Kew Gardens. He became head of government building in 1782, and in this capacity built Somerset House, London.

Physical description

Measured drawing of a window surround and a cornice in the rotunda at Capra

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

18th century (made)

Artist/maker

Sir William Chambers, born 1723 - died 1796 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink with pencil

Marks and inscriptions

' Windows in the Saloon which light the Stairs; Profile of the Cornice A; NB there are 20 Mutules in the Cornie A being one under each pedestal of the balustrade …; '
Inscribed in ink with notes and dimensions

Dimensions

Height: 454 mm, Width: 133 mm

Descriptive line

Measured drawing of a window surrouned and a cornice in the rotunda at Capra, 18th century, Sir William Chambers (1723-1796).

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Snodin, M. Sir William Chambers. London: V&A Publications, 1996.

Materials

Pen and ink; Pencil

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Cornice; Windows; Rotunda

Categories

Architectural fittings; Architecture; Designs; Drawings

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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