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SM 46/5/2


[40] Survey details of buttress


face of Buttress, section and details (verso) details of carved masonry


as above, 5 flowers, A,B,C,D,E, Plan, dimensions given (verso) Ramsey Abbey, Bower (twice), 17 in punch, dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 07/07/1805
    July 7 : 1805

Medium and dimensions

Brown pen and pencil, hatching, on laid paper (310 x 410)
Pen and pencil, hatching on laid paper folded 3 times


Sir John Soane (1753 - 1837)


Britannia in crowned oval and crowned GR 1804


Buttresses were an element in Soane's design for additions and alterations to the house though he did not attempt to reproduce the carved details of the old buttresses seen here.



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