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  • image SM 65/3/12

Reference number

SM 65/3/12


[1] Design for an obelisk, close to as built, May and June 1804


Plan, elevation and section


to a scale


Elevation, Plan, Allow for stone to be below paving of the Market Place, A, B, C, D, E, G, H, I, K, Copper, bronzed, gilt, c.d. is determined by drawiing / a.b. must be one Inch left in width / ½ / XX Qy In execution perhaps three or five deep flues e/ = Thiis shield will in the execution fill the whole space / O This (?) will correct by ? drawer and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 29/05/1804
    Lincolins Inn Fields / May 29th 1804and verso June 19.1804

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper (678 x 565)


SOANE, Sir John (1754--1837)
Soane and Soane office hand


Design for a pineapple: marked 'K', dated 'June 19 1804. Drawn by Soane


The five-line inscription is in Soane's hand as are parts of the drawing. The verso is certainly by Soane. The drawing is close to the executed design and was preceded by (undated) drawings [2] and [3]. There is a small mahogany model for the obelisk (in the Soane museum) that is very close to drawing [1].



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