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James Gibbs, 1682–1754

Unidentified Office or Stables: Front Elevation

Former Title(s):

Elevation of a Design for a Stable Wing

Additional Title(s):

Alternative Design for an Office Wing

ca. 1720
Materials & Techniques:
Watercolor, pen and gray ink, and graphite on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 8 1/4 x 14 7/16 inches (21 x 36.7 cm)

Watermark: fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawing & Watercolors-Architectural
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | Baroque | design drawings | pediment | stable
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IIIF Manifest:

This drawing is one of a pair of alternate elevations (see B1975.2.225) for an unidentified building, though the reduced ornament and layout resemble James Gibbs's designs for utilitarian structures such as stables or offices, and the design bears similarities to his work at Compton Verney (1740). The nine-bay elevation measures approximately 108 feet across and about 21 feet high from the ground level to the cornice. The central range is brought forward and articulated by a pediment. The ground floor windows are decorated with “Gibbs surrounds,” a treatment distinctive to the architect and consisting of large blocks of stone alternating with the architrave molding and crowned with a heavy rusticated keystone. Gibbs was a successful country house architect from 1714, and his architectural style shifted in the 1720s from a baroque to a more classical approach influenced by the prevailing Palladian taste of his contemporaries. This design is undated, though it probably belongs to the later part of his career.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2014

British Architectural Drawings (Yale Center for British Art) (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-04-21 - 1982-05-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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