Side chair

Designer: Edward Welby Pugin (British, London 1834–1875 London)

Date: 1870

Culture: British

Medium: Stained oak, ebony, brass

Dimensions: Overall: 31 5/16 × 19 5/16 × 15 3/4 in. (79.5 × 49.1 × 40 cm)

Classification: Woodwork-Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1993

Accession Number: 1993.134


The obvious joinery of the side chair expresses the philosophy of truth to materials and construction that recall the teachings of Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. A follower of the Arts and Crafts movement, Pugin's son, Edward Welby Pugin, frequently borrowed designs and ideas that his father had produced decades earlier. The chair, with its curved klismos-type back deriving from Grecian prototypes and Gothic-style base, was designed and registered in 1870 for the Granville Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent, and manufactured by Pugin's own company.