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image SM 38/3/6

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SM 38/3/6


[6] Survey of mouldings


Details of Mouldings of his [Perceval's] House in Lincolns Inn Fields


bar scale of 1/4 inch to 1 inch


as above, The Honble / S Perceval, labelled: Plan of Capital, Capital, Pedestal, Base of Pillaster (sic) and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 17 October 1802
    Lincolns Inn Fields / Octr 17th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and yellow ochre washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with one fold mark (555 x 681)


William Edward Rolfe
Pupil November 1801 - 1804.


This scale drawing shows details of parts of the pilasters that adorn the front of the house - namely the pedestal, base and capital, which is shown in both plan and elevation. The Survey of London describes how 'the pilasters are diminished as they rise and are given an entasis, this "diminishing" somewhat reduces the size and importance of the capitals. "Swags" are introduced in the capitals similar to those in Nos. 51 and 52 [since demolished].' (W. E. Riley and L. Gomme (eds), Survey of London: volume 3: St Giles-in-the-Fields, pt.1: Lincoln's Inn Fields, 1912, p. 97).



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