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John Yenn RA, Topographical or design drawing for a gothic ruin: perspective

Topographical or design drawing for a gothic ruin: perspective, 1770

John Yenn RA (1750 - 1821)

RA Collection: Art

This is a rare drawing in the Yenn collection because it is not only freehand, as opposed to an architect's ruled elevation, but would appear to be topographical rather than an architectural design. In signing the sheet Yenn has used the term 'delt' (an abbreviation of 'delineavit' meaning drawn by) instead of his usual 'invt and delt', which suggests that he did not 'invent' (i.e. design) the building that it depicts.

The view is of a ruined house, or less likely, a church, showing a pair of large gothic tracery windows, crenelation and broken spires. A tumbled down brick wall can be seen within. Nearby is an arcade of pointed arches, in ruin too. The location is unidentified.

Object details

Topographical or design drawing for a gothic ruin: perspective
John Yenn RA (1750 - 1821)
Object type
Architectural design
Pen with black ink and coloured washes in a grey wash border

374 mm x 575 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Augusta Thackeray 21 June 1865
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