Whitehall and the Admiralty Screen
About the work
Place: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, 22-26 Whitehall
A carefully measured architectural drawing of the same view of Whitehall, also by Augustus Charles Pugin, is in the Ministry of Defence Art Collection (reference: MOD5490) and demonstrates Pugin’s architectural training. This watercolour was probably made after the drawing.
About the artist
Auguste Charles Pugin, artist and architectural draughtsman, was born in Paris but settled in England during the French Revolution. After attending the Royal Academy Schools he worked for architect John Nash in Wales and later in London. Nash’s influence inspired Pugin’s interest in the Gothic style. He illustrated numerous topographical and architectural publications, including Ackermann’s ‘The Microcosm of London’ (1808-10). When, in 1818, he was commissioned to produce plates for ‘Specimens of Gothic Architecture’, he employed a team of architectural students to assist. His architectural designs include the interior of the Diorama in Regent’s Park (1823) in collaboration with James Morgan and the layout of Kensal Green Cemetery (1830).
- Whitehall and the Admiralty Screen
- Watercolour on paper
- height: 22.00 cm, width: 43.00 cm
- Transferred from the Ministry of Defence, 1995
- signed bl
- GAC number