Marble Chimney-Piece for Cragside

Perspective drawing for a chimney-piece

W. R. Lethaby (1857-1931)

Pen in black ink on wove paper

540 X 470 mm


(Finished work:) Italian marbles

Drawing-room, Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland

© Royal Academy of Arts, reproduced here by kind permission.

Coming from an architect in whose mature work form would reveal function, this "overpowering fireplace in an Anglo-French Renaissance manner" (Kay 28) from Lethaby's days in Norman Shaw's office seems something of a curiosity. [Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links. Commentary continues below.]