Drawings made to help clients visualise what is proposed
Design for a Monument to General Wolfe, John Michael Rysbrack, about 1760. Museum no. E.277-1973
Design for a Monument to General Wolfe
John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770)
Ink, wash and water-colour on laid paper
Width 24.3 cm x height 33.5 cm
Museum no. E.277-1973
There is not enough information in this drawing to enable the monument to be constructed, nor does it have the freedom of a drawing which is part of the thought process. The clarity of its outline and the way the different materials are carefully rendered suggests that it was made for presentation to the selecting committee.
Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, James Paine, about 1768. Museum no. 8416.3
Wardour Castle, Wiltshire
James Paine (about 1716-1789)
Ink and water-colour on laid paper
Width 47.9 cm x height 59.7 cm
Museum no. 8416.3
This drawing shows a section through the house and thus includes many of its grandest features. It is one of many that the architect made to show his client clearly and attractively how his plans would materialise.
Elevation and plan of the Temple of Clitumnus, Spoleto, John Soane, about 1779. Museum no. 3436.187
Elevation and plan of the Temple of Clitumnus, Spoleto
John Soane (1753-1837)
Ink and wash on laid paper
Width 41.5 cm x height 42.4 cm
Museum no. 3436.187
Soane drew this building while touring Italy. It was admired particularly in his guidebook written by Lady Anna Miller. He wrote offering her the drawing and subsequent correspondence revealed that his hope was to construct a facsimile of the temple in her garden.
Design for a Sauce Tureen and Stand, Unknown, about 1790. Museum no. 8389.1
Design for a Sauce Tureen and Stand
Ink and wash on laid paper
Width 33.5 cm x height 23.3 cm
Museum no. 8389.1
This drawing is inscribed 'This drawing was made from the Sauce Tureen & Stand You so much approved off (sic)' when in London. It must have been a means of reminding a prospective client of an object that had caught his eye.
Perspective View of the Cashier’s Desk and Cloaks Counter, Fischer’s Restaurant and Long Bar, New Bond Street, London, Raymond McGrath, 1932. Museum no. Circ.565-1974
Perspective View of the Cashier’s Desk and Cloaks Counter, Fischer’s Restaurant and Long Bar, New Bond Street, London
Raymond McGrath (1903-1977)
Pencil, chalks and gouache on wove tracing paper
Width 33.5 cm x height 27 cm
Museum no. Circ.565-1974
McGrath made this drawing to convey to the client in an atmospheric way, the structure, colour and lighting of his proposal for the restaurant’s interior. Tracing paper will have been used as a quick way of tracing in the composition prior to colouring.
A Range of Hygena Ltd. Kitchen Units and Fittings, George Féjer, 1962. Museum no. E.244-1978
A Range of Hygena Ltd. Kitchen Units and Fittings
George Féjer (born 1912)
Ink and chalks on wove paper
Width 50.5 cm x height 40.6 cm
Museum no. E.244-1978