Architectural Drawings for sale

As the science of photography developed, so artists’ work became less realistic and more impressionistic, there being no need to produce a realistic facsimile of a scene when a photograph could achieve this in an instant. Architectural draftsmen, however, were required to produce something that looked realistic when in fact it was pure fantasy. Of course, they were more idealistic than realistic: the factory painted in the manner of a country house, with elegant figures and cars before it – who would never again visit once the opening ceremony was over; the City office block painted from a perspective inside an adjacent building whence it would never be seen; the design for the building that never made it beyond the drawing board; and of course the design for the building that has now been demolished, and the only memory of it is in the lovingly-drawn architectural perspective.

Here we are proud to present some drawings by the greatest twentieth century architectural perspectivists, including Cyril Farey and JDM Harvey.

  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    Architectural Perspective Design for a Shop Front

    75x52cm Watercolour and pencil Signed and Inscribed Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. From Osman's time as an architectural student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. A proposed house stands in woodland. Osman was even more an artist than an architect and it shows with the quality of his drawings.      
  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    A design for a Timber House

    75x52cm Watercolour and pencil Signed and Inscribed Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. From Osman's time as an architectural student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. A proposed house stands in woodland. Osman was even more an artist than an architect and it shows with the quality of his drawings, with the range of textures he has used to represent the different parts of the house and the elegance of his calligraphy.      
  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    A £350 Modernist House Weekend Cottage - Architectural drawing

    75x52cm Watercolour and pencil Inscribed Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. From Osman's time as an architectural student at the Bartlett School of Architecture. The examiner has graded the piece to the face. Osman was even more an artist than an architect, which shows with the quality of the shading and calligraphy.      
  • George Horace Davis (1888-1963) Design for publication probably in The Illustrated London News

    Tractors and mechanisation Signed and dated 1947 Gouache, monochrome 17.25x29.75" Here the reduction in manpower as a result of the mechanisation of agriculture is celebrated in a typical work by Davis. A "special artist" for 'The Illustrated London News', he worked for it for forty years, the scope and detail of his work being without peer in the rest of the staff. Tractors are pictured in every possible role in agriculture; however the great advances made in the sixty years since then could not have been forseen. Born in Kensington, London, Davis was educated at Kensington Park College and then at Ealing School of Art, working subsequently as a freelance artist until the First World War intervened. He served with the Royal Flying Corps (subsequently the Royal Air Force) with distinction, and had a number of his paintings of aerial combat published in 'The Sphere.' In 1923 he commenced work with The Illustrated London News, for which he worked for the next forty years. His first drawing related to the use, in small boats, of wireless and was the first of many similar diagrammatic drawings designed to educate and inform readers of advances in science, warfare, technology or transport. Needless to say his attention to detail meant architectural drawings were another strength of his, drawings of 10 Downing Street and Westminster Abbey, for instance - and also architectural phantasies such as a proposed heliport at Charing Cross Station. During his career at The Illustrated London News he is estimated to have produced illustrations covering some 2,500 pages of the publication; each one requiring an informed understanding arising from careful research. He continued to work for it until his eighties and at the time of his death there was a supply of finished but as-yet-unpublished works. The sale at Christies in London of the archive of The Illustrated London News on 7 October 2014 included many works by Davis - a price of £16,875 being obtained for a series of seven drawings by him.
  • James Gowan (1923, Glasgow - 2015, London) Fountains Abbey (1973)

    62x52cm Oil on Canvas Signed 'James Gowan' lower left Inscribed to reverse 'Fountains Abbey 1973 James Gowan No 199' For biographical details and other paintings by Gowan click here. The present work exhibits many of the characteristics obvious in his architectural works. There is a very strong architectural composition. The landscape and sky are approached in almost cubist fashion, reminiscent of the Toblerone-shaped roof of the Leicester Building, whilst the figures have a carefree feel to them. And here indeed are the gothic towers and flying butresses that we know inspired Gowan when designing the Leicester Engineering Building, being captured by the brightly-dressed members of an art class, splashes of primary colour in an already colourful landscape.
  • James Gowan (1923, Glasgow - 2015, London) Fountains Abbey (1973)

    62x52cm Oil on Canvas Signed 'James Gowan' lower left Inscribed to reverse 'Fountains Abbey 1973 James Gowan No 199' For biographical details and other paintings by Gowan click here. The present work exhibits many of the characteristics obvious in his architectural works. There is a very strong architectural composition. The landscape and sky are approached in almost cubist fashion, reminiscent of the Toblerone-shaped roof of the Leicester Building, whilst the figures have a carefree feel to them. Backbarrow was the place where the blue pigment ultramarine (or dolly blue - used to return brilliant whiteness to yellowed fabrics) was produced in an old mill building by the Lancashire Ultramarine Company. Dust from the production gave the entire village a blue tint until production ceased in 1981. The factory is now a hotel and it maintains a display of machinery used in the factory.
  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    Lincoln Cathedral Architectural Design

    45x55cm Pen and ink with wash and heightening in white Signed 'Louis Osman BA (Hons) FRIBA' and inscribed 'Lincoln Cathedral' lower right Dated Nov. 1960 Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. Osman worked on Lincoln Cathedral, amongst other cathedrals.      
  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    Thomas Lumley Architectural Design ii

    45x55cm Pen and ink with wash and heightening in white Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. Lumley Castle was built in 1389 and today is a four star hotel that belongs to the Earl of Scarborough. Thomas Lumley was an eighteenth century soldier and statesman, and the third Earl of Scarborough.      
  • Louis Osman (1914-1996)

    Kens Barn at Goudhurst - Architectural drawing

    77x53cm Coloured chalks Signed 'Louis Osman' and inscribed Provenance: from the artist's estate Click for biographical details and other works by Osman. A design for a barn conversion in Goudhurst in Kent.      
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    V A Hards (British, c. 1930-c. 2012) Design for Garage - Car Showroom and Petrol Filling Station

    Watercolour on wove Signed and dated October 1956 and inscribed for Brixton School of Building School of Architecture. 77x55cm Hards was educated at Brixton School of Building and Woolwich Polytechnic between 1948 and 1956, during which period he produced some very competent work including this rather fine petrol station, complete with elegant motor cars. Brixton School of Building was incorporated into the Polytechnic of the South Bank - now London South Bank University. To view more of his work we have listed, click here.
  • Frederick Nash (1782-1856) Drawn and etched

    Engraved by F C Lewis

    South East View of St George's Chapel, Windsor

    To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter London Published by F Nash, No 6 Asylum Buildings, Westminster Road July 12 1804 39.5x52cm Frederick Nash was born in Lambeth. Initially studying architectural drawing under Thomas Malton he subsequently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1801 to 1809 he worked with the antiquarians John Britton and Edward Wedlake Brayley, subsequently becoming a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours - a group of painters who had left the Royal Academy following complaints of under-recognition of their works. Latterly primarily a landscape painter he toured the rivers of Germany.
  • Frederick Nash (1782-1856) Drawn and etched

    Engraved by F C Lewis

    South West View of St George's Chapel, Windsor

    To the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Exeter London Published by F Nash, No 6 Asylum Buildings, Westminster Road July 12 1804 39.5x52cm Frederick Nash was born in Lambeth. Initially studying architectural drawing under Thomas Malton he subsequently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts. From 1801 to 1809 he worked with the antiquarians John Britton and Edward Wedlake Brayley, subsequently becoming a member of the Society of Painters in Watercolours - a group of painters who had left the Royal Academy following complaints of under-recognition of their works. Latterly primarily a landscape painter he toured the rivers of Germany.
  • David Loggan (1634-1692)

    Frontispiece Public Schools Oxford

    Engraving 33x42cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Colen Campbell (1676-1729)

    Althrop Hall in Northamptonshire the Seat of the Rt Honourable The Earl of Sunderland & co.

    35x50cm Engraving (1715-1725) from 'Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British Architect...' Althorp Hall - as it is now written, but still pronounced 'Althrop' - is the seat of the Earl Spencer and the location of the grave of Diana, Princess of Wales. Colen Campbell was a Scottish architect and architectural writer, renowned for being a founder of the Georgian style. His major published work was 'Vitruvius Britannicus' which was a catalogue of design, containing a series of engravings of English buildings by Inigo Jones, Sir Christopher Wren, Campbell himself and other prominent architects of the era. It was published in three volumes between 1715 and 1725.
  • Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe KBE, R.A, F.R.I.B.A. (1882-1974)

    Design for Morley College, Southwark (1935)

    Signed and dated 1935 Edward Maufe, Architect. Pencil and watercolour 33cm x 53cm (12.9×20.8 inches) Design for the new South Court, Morley College, SE1. Opened in 1889, Morley College was to provide inexpensive entertainment to the local working population.  In 1937 Maufe designed an extension to the original Victorian Building.  The original building was bombed during the war, but Maufe’s extension survived.  The replacement building was decorated with spectacular murals by John Piper, Edward Bawden and Martin Froy. Gustav Holst and Michael Tippett are former music directors of the College. The building can be seen here. Provenance: The estate of Bernard Bumpus. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.ukor call us on 07929 749056.
  • Sir Edward Brantwood Maufe KBE, R.A, F.R.I.B.A. (1882-1974)

    Lloyds Bank, Notting Hill Gate (c.1930)

    Ink and wash 60x37cm (23.6×14.5 inches) In original white-painted frame. If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk  or call us on 07929 749056. Maufe's design for this bank still stands, although it was executed - by him - in slightly more restrained style than is depicted here. These days a very ugly shop front has been built on to the front of the building as may be seen by clicking here.
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    D.H.Evans London's Most Modern Shop

    Watercolour, probably c. 1930s 31x19cm (12.2x7.4 inches) If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
  • Hubert H. Clark

    Design for a Country House (1947)

    Watercolour and pencil 33x53cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.  
  • Hubert H. Clark

    Design for Slough Hospital 

    Original print 33x53cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.
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    Florence Camm (1874-1960)

    Arthurian Stained Glass Window Design III

    Watercolour 26x12cm If you are interested email info@manningfineart.co.uk or call us on 07929 749056.