Drawing table

Ref: 17
  • Designer

    Designer A.W.N. Pugin (1812–52)

  • Detail

    Oak, with painted shield

    71 Å~ 167 Å~ 85 cm

    English (London), probably 1840s

  • Marked

    Carved with Pugin’s motto ‘En Avant’ and painted shield, at each end. One shield refreshed

  • Provenance

    A.W.N. Pugin, and by descent; acquired by Clive and Jane Wainwright from Mrs T.P. Howkins, early 1990s

  • Exhibited

    Pugin: A Gothic Passion, Victoria and Albert Museum, 15 June-11 September 1994

  • Literature

    Clive Wainwright, ‘Furniture’, in Paul Atterbury and Clive Wainwright, eds, Pugin: A Gothic Passion, New Haven and London, 1994, pp. 137–38 and figs 245 & 246

    Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2023 (see left)

  • Collection

    Houses of Parliament

  • Note

    Clive Wainwright noted that Pugin was only about 5 feet, 2 inches tall and, because the table is unusually robust and low, surmised that Pugin stood at it to draw; the deep drawers make it impossible to use seated.  Wainwright dated the table to circa 1835.