Plans, Elevations, Sections, and Perspective Views of the Gardens and Buildings of Kew
Sir William Chambers (British (born Sweden), Göteborg 1723–1796 London)
Watercolor, ink, body color
21 1/8 x 15 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (53.7 x 38.3 x 3 cm)
Albums, Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1925
Not on view
An album containing a manuscript description and original drawings for the engravings published in 1763. Where missing, replacements were supplied by Chamber's office, or by the artists Thomas Sandby, William Marlow and Joshua Kirby. The contents include a title page, dedication to Lord John Stuart, Earl of Bute, three double-sided leaves describing the plates, followed by 43 leaves containing drawings upon which the engraved plates in the 1763 publication are based, plus an unpublished plan. Further additions include: "The Ceiling of the Alhambra" (34.78.2(34)), tipped in on the verso of plate 20 (page 25), and an early layout plan of the grounds (51.635.1), inserted before the final drawing. The whole bound in green morocco with gold stamping. For the individual drawings, see: 25.19.1 through 25.19.45.
Inscription: "To the most Noble and Puissant Lord John Stuart, Earl of Bute, Viscount Kingarth, Baron Mount Stuart, Cambray & Inchmarnock, Knight of the most Noble Order of the Garter, These Original Designs, of the Gardens, and Buildings of Kew, Plan'd by his Lordship, and executed under his Inspection, are most humbly Dedicated by His Lordhip's most Obliged and Most Devoted Servant William Chambers"
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (British, born Scotland, Edinburgh 1713–1792 London); Vendor: James Rimell
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," April 28, 2003–July 27, 2003.
Harris 1971, pp. 54, 57, pls. 39-41
John Harris "Some English Architectural and Decorative Drawings: In the Museum's Collection." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.s. vol. 21, no. 6, New York, February 1963, fig. no. 6, p. 217, ill.
John Harris Catalogue of British Drawings for Architecture, Sculpture, Decoration and Landscape Gardening: 1550-1900, in American Collections. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 1971, pp. 54, 57, pls. 39-41.
Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World. Exh. cat., Yale Center for British Art, 2 February to 30 April, and Kensington Palace, 22 June to 12 November. Joanna Marschner, New Haven, 2017, cat. nos. 29.35-38, pp.502-505, ill.