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James Gibbs, 1682–1754, British
Design for an Unidentified Town House: Elevation and Plan
ca. 1720
Pen and black ink with gray wash over graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper bar scale of 1/9 inch to 1 foot
Sheet: 18 3/4 x 14 9/16 inches (47.6 x 37 cm)

Watermark: fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche and LVG below

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 | country house | floor plans | Palladian
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Curatorial Comment:
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James Gibbs's ground floor plan for an unidentified town house resembles the Palladian style of his contemporaries, as well as the engravings in his own influential Book of Architecture published in 1728. The front elevation is unique, however, in its strikingly plain facade punctuated by the rusticated and pedimented central range. The facade communicates the arrangement of rooms, the two principal rooms lying at the center of the building. Gibbs's style shifted in the 1720s from baroque to a more classical approach, probably in response to the prevailing Palladian taste as well as the more widespread movement toward architectural simplicity that was spreading through Europe.
Exhibition History:
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British Architectural Drawings (Yale Center for British Art) (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-04-21 - 1982-05-30)

The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05)

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