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.

24/01/2020 Update: SD 1705/MS1807 now incorporates a zoomable interactive of the Pugin designs and a special version showing each item’s relative size replaces the gallery below. This update is covered in more detail here.

Zoom in and out with your mouse’s scroll wheel or by using the on-screen controls. Click and drag the image to move it around. On touch-enabled devices drag the image with your finger and pinch to zoom.

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.