Drawing Out Meaning

The Victorian era: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

Design for the gold canopy, throne and consorts' chairs, Houses of Parliament, Westminster
Design for the gold canopy, throne and consorts' chairs in the House of Lords Chamber, Houses of Parliament, London, 1846
Artist and designer: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin 
© RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

Following Parliament's destruction by fire in 1834, a major design competition was won by architect Charles Barry with assistance from Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin. Barry's planning and general massing were host to Pugin's extensive and elaborate Gothic detailing. Perspective drawing of Gothic architecture is much more difficult than with the more linear Classical style. Pugin's prowess as a draughtsman allows this one-point perspective to display the showy centerpiece of the House of Lords Chamber bristling with detail.


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