Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens
Design drawings (sketches, ground and first floor plans) for a coach house
Pen and ink, and watercolour on paper
Museum no. E.2-1991
The five drawings on this sheet are for a coach house designed by Sir Edward Lutyens in 1891-1892. They include a watercolour sketch, pen-and-ink plans of the ground and first floor and two pencil sketches for a lamp and a bracket. The coach house was for Munstead Corner, a house Lutyens had been commissioned to design in Surrey. The scheme was modelled on the vernacular architecture of the area, with stone walls, exposed timber and tiled roofs. It was one of Lutyens' earliest commissions and he was careful to impress his client with beautiful little designs such as these. While most such designs were kept in a sketchbook, these drawings are on a loose sheet of personal stationery (the printed address is that of Lutyens' family home in London). Possibly this reflects the ancillary status of the coach house.
Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens was the leading Edwardian architect. He designed a large number of buildings, including country houses, cathedrals and palaces. Establishing a reputation for his imagination, originality and variety he contributed many masterpieces to the Arts and Crafts movement.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box 10B.