The set comprises of a silver rule, an ivory rule, an ivory sector rule and six instruments. The silver fish-skin covered case bears both the engraved Coat of Arms of John Wood and his name in script.

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Wood is best known for reimagining his home city of Bath, designing much of the city's most beautiful architecture. His most revered works include St John's Hospital, Queen Square, Prior Park, The Royal Mineral Water Hospital, the North and South Parades and The Circus. Wood also designed  the reconstruction of Llandaff Cathedral and Liverpool Town Hall amongst other important buildings around the country.

The Circus, Bath, Somerset, England, designed by John Wood the Elder and completed by his son John Wood the Younger, 1764. Image via Britannica.com The Circus, Bath, Somerset, England, designed by John Wood the Elder and completed by his son John Wood the Younger, 1764.
Image via Britannica.com

Wood's final masterpiece was the Circus, on Barton Fields. Sadly, Wood passed away as the foundations of the Circus were being laid. His son, John Wood, the Younger completed his father's work. The Circus was inspired by Rome's Colosseum and displays architecture inspired by Greek Dorics, Romans and the Corinthians. The piece was part of Wood's vision to create a symmetry of architecture in Bath.

Wood is also known for his 1740 survey of Stonehenge.

The drawing set on sale at Clevedon is a wonderful piece of British architectural history. Search the full catalogue on Barnebys here.

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