Drawings made to provide a pattern or give instructions
Cartoon for Stained Glass, Ford Madox Brown, about 1860. Museum no. E.2906-1927
Cartoon for Stained Glass
Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893)
Pencil and wash on wove paper; squared
Width 36.2 x height 99.4 cm
Museum no. E.2906-1927
This drawing is the same size as the window for which it is the design. Such designs are termed ‘cartoons’. The main wash lines indicate the lead lines. Pencil notes provide colour details.
Design for a Bureau Bookcase, Thomas Chippendale, about 1750. Museum no. D.699-1906
Design for a Bureau Bookcase
Thomas Chippendale (about 1718-1779)
Ink and wash on laid paper
Width 14.1 cm x height 31.7 cm
Museum no. D.699-1906
This drawing was made for reproduction in Chippendale’s 'Gentleman and cabinet-maker’s director', first published in 1754. It enabled patrons to make selections and craftsmen to find inspiration and guidance for their work.
Pattern for the Decoration of a Majolica Dish, Battista Franco (known as Semolei), 16th century. Museum no. 2404
Pattern for the Decoration of a Majolica Dish
Battista Franco (known as Semolei) (about 1498-1561)
Ink and wash, concentric circles drawn with a compass on laid paper
Diameter 26 cm
Museum no. 2404
A dish is known with the pattern of putti around the rim but it has a different central composition. Only half of the rim pattern is drawn as the majolica painter will have known to paint in a mirror image.
Design for Lower Stages of the Tower of Ulm Cathedral, attributed to Moritz Ensinger, about 1470. Museum no. 3547
Design for Lower Stages of the Tower of Ulm Cathedral
Attributed to Moritz Ensinger (about 1430-1793)
Ink on vellum
Width 68 cm x height 181 cm
Museum no. 3547
Ensinger was the master mason in charge of the cathedral works and this drawing will have been made in order to show how work should proceed. In fact the tower was not completed until the late 19th century and a slightly later drawing formed the basis of its design.
How King Arthur Saw the Questing Beast and Therefore Had a Great Marvel, Aubrey Beardsley, 1893. Museum no. E.289-1972
How King Arthur Saw the Questing Beast and Therefore Had a Great Marvel
Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)
Ink and wash on wove paper
Width 27.1 cm x height 37.8 cm
Museum no. E.289-1972
This drawing is a design for illustration. It was reproduced photographically and on a smaller scale as the frontispiece to vol.1 of Thomas Malory’s 'Le Morte D’Arthur'.
Working Drawing for the Manufacture of a Carving Fork, Robert Welch’s workshop, 1964. Museum no. Circ.655-1965
Working Drawing for the Manufacture of a Carving Fork
Robert Welch’s workshop
Ink on wove tracing paper
Width 47.4 cm x height 35.1 cm
Museum no. Circ.655-1965
This drawing shows the guard movement of the fork. It is one of a series of precise actual size construction guides to the manufacturer of the final prototype from which the dies for the carving set were cut. Nine more related drawings are in the V&A’s collection.