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SM 40/2/44


[17] Design for the front elevation, 4 July 1801


Front elevation and section through frontage; (verso) details of attic cornice


Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, labelled (in Soane's hand): A, B, Brick project 1 inch, A, B, Arches to spring 1½ above Impost, between Brick Walls, Center of Party Wall (twice) and dimensions given; (verso): Top of Cornice, Projection of Base, Plan of Attic Pil / ½ full size, These mouldgs determine / the thickness of the / Cills to the Attic Windows, Take this Cornice and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 4 July 1801
    (in Soane's hand) July 4 1801; (verso) Aug 16 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and light red washes (verso: brown pen), pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (638 x 530)


Soane Office


WL 1794


Although this drawing corresponds to drawing [13], several alterations have been made by Soane. The width of the façade is 22 feet 7½ inches. The drawing was reused on 16 August when details of the attic cornice were drawn on the verso.



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