Neilson's Pavilion X

Description: West facade of Pavilion X, University of Virginia
Medium: India ink, watercolor and white ink
Support: Plain paper
Dimensions: 8" L x 6-3/4" W
Author: John Neilson
Owner: ViU
Classification: N-353 , K Pl. 17 , L-10-03
Publication History:
Author: Kimball
Title: Thomas Jefferson Architect
Date: 1916
Author: Nichols
Title: Jefferson's Architectural Drawings
Date: 1984
Author: Cote
Title: The Architectural Workmen of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia
Date: 1986
Note: Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University
Author: Lay
Title: University of Virginia Alumni News 80
Date: October 1991
Note: "Jefferson's Master Builders" pp. 16-19
Author: Lasala
Title: Jefferson's Designs for the University of Virginia
Date: 1992
Author: Wilson, ed.
Title: Jefferson's Academical Village
Date: 1993

Commentary: Although this drawing does not match any of the other Pavilion drawings by John Neilson in terms of paper, there is reason to believe that Neilson is the author of this drawing. The drawing style is consistent with the confirmed Neilson drawings, especially in the treatment of the doors and the use of thin vertical lines as a shading device on the columns. (JML) Neilson abstracted the main block of the building in order to create a frame for the Doric temple front. The raking light on the front portico emphasizes the tectonic quality of the drawing. Neilson's interest in light and shadow can be found in many of his drawings. (AEB)


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