Pugin’s Gems

Having recently received a number of enquiries related to the series of A.W. Pugin designs found in the Archive’s Art & Design folios at SD 1705/MS1807 we’ve now digitised all 27 illustrations attributed to him. Of course, that’s all the reason we need to take a closer look at these artworks and the notes and signatures found upon them…

Not all of the individual designs are signed by Pugin but thanks to SD 1705/MS1234 – a very useful catalogue which contains information about some of the early artwork in the Archive – we know that the drawings labelled “S.1” to “S.27” are specifically attributed to him and include designs for “door plates, plates, dishes and tiles”.


Our gallery below features details from a number of these “original sketches” – including various notes in Pugin’s hand and his dated signature – and images of all 27 Pugin designs can now be found in the updated catalogue entry for SD 1705/MS1807. When we previously talked about the Pugin illustrations shown in our “Welcome Home!” display we noted how his designs contained so much information in so little artwork, and the newly-digitised items only reinforce this view – there are many instances of single sketches containing multiple design permutations.

Our post’s title is of course a nod to “Pugin’s Gem”, the popular name for the Pugin-designed St. Giles Catholic Church in Cheadle, Staffordshire.