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Design for a Chinese pavilion by a river: elevation
Verso: Designs for the ground plans
Pen and black ink and watercolour over graphite
- Production date
- 1775 (circa)
Height: 270 millimetres
Width: 470 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Watermark D & C BLAUW
It was suggested in the Christie's catalogue that this drawing and its pendant (2017,7067.3) may be linked to a competition held in June 1783 by the Académie Royale d'Architecture in Paris. The terms of the competition, titled a 'Prix d'emulation', required participants to design: 'A Kiosk on a site of 8 square toises, placed at the angle of a terrace, giving on a river. It should be gay and one may use Chinese, Turkish or another style, and avoid a serious character'.
A pendant to this drawing, showing the same construction in cross-section, is also in the British Museum's collection. See 2017,7067.3.
- Not on display
- Previous owner
Previous owner/ex-collection: Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox (Included in their 1993 London exhibition, 'Les Plaisirs du Jardinage: French Garden Design 1680-1860', no. 11, along with its pendant (see 2017,7067.3).)
Previous owner/ex-collection: Peter Garth Palumbo, Baron Palumbo
Previous owner/ex-collection: Niall Hobhouse (His sale, Christie's, London, 22.v.2008, part of lot 186 (along with its pendant))
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Sven Gahlin at the 2008 Christie's sale.
This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
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