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  • image SM 40/2/52

Reference number

SM 40/2/52


[37] Design for the ceiling of the front room, September 1801


Part plan of the ground floor with plan of the ceiling of the shop and (pencil) detail of joists


bar scale of 5/9 inch to 1 foot


Messrs Praeds & Co / Fleet Street, Design for the Ceilng in the Banking Shop, labelled: (pencil) P--- all / this part, Top of Arch, bindg Joist, Girder, Binding Joist and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • September 1801
    Sepr 1801

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, sepia, light red and yellow washes, pricked for transfer on wove paper with two fold marks (644 x 540)


Thomas Sword or Henry Hake Seward


WL 1794


In this design for the ceiling of the front room, the ceiling has semicircular panels above the windows and doors and two, oval-shaped panels in the centre. The curved part of the ceiling is filled by a segmental compartment.



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