Drawings of Chinese Ornament

  • Designer

    Owen Jones (1809-74)

  • Detail

    Gouache on paper

    34.3 x 24.1 cm (approximate size of each sheet)

    English (London), circa 1865-67

  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, 19 June 1876, Catalogue of Original Drawings and Professional Sketches, lot 78 ‘Chinese Ornaments, Original Studies for Work’, bt Wild 15s; […]; Hanns R. Teichert, and by descent; acquired by the most recent owner around 2003

  • Literature

    Olivia Horsfall Turner, ‘A set of original drawings by Owen Jones have returned to the museum that inspired them, Apollo (online), 6 June 2018 [see link below]

    Olivia Horsfall Turner, ‘Owen Jones and Chinese Ornament’, The Victorian 59 (November 2018), pp. 12-13

  • Notes

    This collection of original gouaches by Owen Jones for Drawings of Chinese Ornament, 1867 comprises 47 designs that went on to be published; one working design on tissue, and three unpublished designs.  The group was identified in 2017 by Olivia Horsfall Turner, supported by Carol Flores.


    The drawings are on watermarked  Whatman paper, some of which have the date 1865.

  • Collection

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London