Design for La Madeleine as Omnibus Bureau at the height of the Paris Commune, 1871

Hector Horeau

Bruno Braquehais, Statue of Napoleon after fall of Vendome Column, c.1870 [National Library of Brazil] IN SET

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From the drawing alone, Horeau’s proposal may seem like a mere facelift to an extant building. However, the inscription below, written in Horeau’s hand, reveals that the architectural changes are linked to a change in programme and typology. As the architect describes, the drawing depicts a project for transforming the Church of La Madeleine into an omnibus bureau, with lateral carriageways for the circulation of vehicles. Read on →

– Matthew Page

Try also:

The Changing Metropolis 1815–1900

Views from the Madeleine and of a Civic Utopia

Deanna Petherbridge

Artists at Work: Looking and Levity

Harpignies desat

My life experience has taught me that any attempt to write light-heartedly about historical art, or even to point out the perceived humour in an artwork is generally edited out of a text.  Humour acts as a red rag to the supervisory spirit of editors, exhibition organisers and academics, and putative amusement calls out prissy and punitive interventionism as a matter of course... Read on →

– Deanna Petherbridge

And also these: 

Sans Humour?

Tree house and trees Without Irony

Marie Bak Mortensen in Conversation with Sam Jacob

Disappear Here: Talking to Drawings Episode 4

William Talman, Unexecuted design for Trianon Pavilion, Hampton Court, 1694, RIBA IN SET

The fourth episode of this podcast series exploring the Disappear Here exhibition at the RIBA, sees Sam joined by his co-curator Marie Bak Mortensen, Head of Exhibitions at RIBA. They begin with perspective and Serlio's Seven Books ... Listen here →

These too:

In the exhibition, other Drawings On Loan and the Geometry of the Fort


Le Corbusier

Sketch (from twelve) from the Governor's Palace, Chandigarh, India 

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Niall Hobhouse remembers that Jullian de la Fuente, the Chilean architect who worked with Le Corbusier, told him the story of how he came to own the twelve pages (of which one is shown) extracted from Le Corbusier’s sketchbook:

In the late 1950s the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, made a speech declaring that the governors of the new, independent country would not live in palaces. The following morning ... Read on →

And one more:

Sketchbook iBooks

Drawing Matter

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