Thomas Chippendale (British, baptised Otley, West Yorkshire 1718–1779 London)
Pen and black ink, brush and gray wash
sheet: 7 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. (19.1 x 33.9 cm)
Drawings, Ornament & Architecture
Rogers Fund, 1972
Not on view
Preparatory drawing for Thomas Chippendale's 'Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director'. Published in reverse as plate XVI in the 1754 and 1755 editions, and renumbered as plate XV in the 1762 edition.
Designs for three chairs, whose backs are constructed from interwoven ribbon motifs and moldings.
Signature: Signed in pen and brown ink at lower left of recto: "Th. Chippendale inv. at Diln"
Inscription: Inscribed in pen and brown ink at top center of recto (in artist's hand): "Ribband back chairs" Inscribed in pen and brown ink at upper left of recto: "No. 16" Inscribed in pen and brown ink at bottom center of recto: "Published Accd. to Act of Parliament" Inscribed in pen and brown ink at lower right of recto: "M. Davly (?) T."
Vendor: Benjamin Weinreb (London)
Colta Ives, Janet S. Byrne, Mary L. Myers, Suzanne Boorsch, Weston J. Naef, David W. Kiehl, The Metropolitan Museum of Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965-1975: Prints, Architecture and Ornament. New York, 1975, p. 203, ill.