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image SM volume 42/154

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SM volume 42/154


[31] Working drawing for columns


Elevation/section and elevation of column and entablature


bar scale of ½ inch to 1 foot approximately


Wood brick flints between brick Tryglyphs and some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pencil on laid paper with four fold marks (205 x 225) in volume 42 p.154


C Hatch 1794


The order is a baseless Doric one, using wood with bark for the two columns together with brick and flints for the frieze so that the toothing or triglyphs were of brick with flints in between.

Literature. D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, 2nd ed., 1996, pp.177-9; P.Dean, 'Country houses and the Primitive' in M.Richardson and Stevens, John Soane architect: master of space and light, 1999, pp.114-21



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