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Title [Townscape showing circular tower]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Maker Lethaby;William Richard;
Date c.1900 - 1914
Extended Description View of turret, wall and sky above, probably in France. Inset pencil sketched details in top right corner
Id Number Current Accession F.72
Id Number Current Repository 1271
Inscription Recto - "Amboise: Tower with inclined plans for (houses?)"; "Six of these to a bay". Verso - "William Richard Lethaby 1857-1931, First Principal of the Central School 1896-1911" (in pencil).
Location Creation Site [Amboise, France]
Subject Lethaby;William Richard;;
Measurements Dimensions 352 x 249 mm
Material Pencil and watercolour on paper
Notes This watercolour (unsigned), which was hung in the Principal's office at the Central School, may have been made by Lethaby on one of his later travels abroad. He first visited Northern France in 1880 and 1882 (after winning the Soane travelling scholarship) and would have studied the local architecture then. However, it does seem more likely that this was made on one of his later journeys. Rubens states that Lethaby and his wife travelled to the continent at least once a year between 1900 and 1914.
Object Notes Main image of a circular tower dominating the townscape of this French town situated in the Loire valley, rendered in watercolour. There are also a small number of details (with notes) in pencil. These details are of the balcony 'bays' and railing etc.
Relation Exhibition Object Lessons, London, London Institute W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, London, Central School of Arts and Crafts
Relation References Exhibition: 1990.
Exhibition: W R Lethaby 1857-1931: architecture, design and education, Backemeyer;Sylvia;Gronberg;Theresa; ed. Lund Humphries Publishers. 22 October-17 November 1984.
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Source Formerly hung in Principalīs office, CSACS.
Technique Watercolour sketch
Work Type Fine Art



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