Record drawings of the master bedroom, Homewood, Esher, Surrey, 1938
Collage of photographs with pen and ink
Artists and designers: Wells Coates and Patrick Gwynne
© RIBA Library Photographs Collection
This drawing is one of ten describing Wells Coates's designs for his parents' house Homewood. A radical reinterpretation of the villa, the home essentially is a glazed box with open planning to maximise the view of its idyllic location.
The sheet combines drawing and collage, a popular technique in 1930s Britain. Here, Coates has expanded precise analytical drawings from existing photographs. The collage helps to convey the sense of openness and innovation that the photographs alone would not have captured. Text and diagrammatic annotations draw out details and fittings. In assembling the collage, Coates controls the public's perception of the project after its realisation.