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Title Chartes, Rouen [Architectural details]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date c.1880 - 1882
Id Number Current Accession F.135
Id Number Current Repository 1341
Inscription Recto - "Chartres" and "Rouen" (labelled A and B) in a stylised mediaeval script; "2 1/4"; "781" (top left) "782" (top right). Verso - "7348"; "7183" (crossed out).
Location Creation Site [France?]
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;
Measurements Dimensions 111 x 178 mm
Material Pencil, pen and black ink on laid paper.
Notes This seems to be a comparison between two similar styles of architectural motifs which may have been discovered by Lethaby on one of his early visits to France (1880 & 1882). It was during this time that he was investigating mediaeval and Renaissance architecture. In portfolio with items F.130.1-4, F.131.1-3, F.132.1-2,
(Goldsmiths' Hall designs, made between 1882 and 1884.)
Object Notes Two plan details taken from the churches/cathedrals of two Northern French towns. There are drawings from Rouen which have been dated to his first Soane tour in 1880. However, he didn't visit Chartres until his second Soane tour in 1882. Rubens states that between the years of 1900-1914, Lethaby and his wife made annual trips to the continent.
Object References (re. Soane Tours 1880 & 1882)
Relation Exhibition W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, London, Central School of Arts and Crafts
Relation References Book: Rubens;Godfrey;, William Richard Lethaby: his life and work 1857-1931, Architectural Press. 1986.
Exhibition: W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, Backemeyer;Sylvia;Gronberg;Theresa; ed. Lund Humphries Publishers. 22 Octo
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Source Victoria & Albert Museum
Technique Pen and ink drawing
Work Type Fine Art

 

 

 

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