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John Yenn RA, Design for a greenhouse: elevation

Design for a greenhouse: elevation, 1775

John Yenn RA (1750 - 1821)

RA Collection: Art

This is a very fine drawing, the architecture drawn with Yenn's usual high detailing and with beautifully rendered plants and foliage. Moreover, the addition of gouache gives the sheet vibrancy.

Yenn exhibited this drawing at the Royal Academy in 1775, the year he signed and dated it. The elevation emulates one of his favoured compositional themes of an arcaded portico with a small belvedere that he employed in his designs for casinos. Here he has used the Doric order on a rusticated wall. In each of the seven arches he has positioned an orange tree in tubs of alternating round and square forms. Yenn has even drawn the debris of classical ruins in the foreground, a popular neo-classical affectation in architectural drawing during the period.

Object details

Title
Design for a greenhouse: elevation
Architect/draughtsman
John Yenn RA (1750 - 1821)
Date
1775
Object type
Architectural design
Medium
Pen with brown and black ink, coloured washes and gouache with border of coloured washes
Dimensions

475 mm x 640 mm

Collection
Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
09/280
Acquisition
Given by Mrs. Augusta Thackeray 21 June 1865
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