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SM 81/2/53


[50] Design for a chimneypiece, datable to May 1802


Elevation of a chimneypiece; (verso) Elevation of Chimney in the Front Room / 2 Pr Floor at the House in Fleet St and Elevation of Chimney in the Back Room / 2 Pair Floor at Fleet Street House


(recto and verso) bar scales of 1 1/2 inches to 1 foot


labelled: Bookcase (twice), Wall line, B (4 times), A (twice), Black or dove on / Brocatelle &c and dimensions given; (verso) as above, [Fleet] Street / [Lin]colns Inn Fields, Chamber and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • May 1802
    (verso) May 28th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen and sepia washes, pricked for transfer on laid paper with three fold marks (319 x 526)


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Nothing in Day Books.


The chimneypiece is completely lacking in ornament, relying instead for decoration on contrasting marbles - black or dove or brocatelle, according to a note in Soane's hand. On the verso, the two chimneys on the two pair floor are 3 feet 6 inches wide. The design on the recto may be for either of these, or for either of the chimneys on the one pair floor (see drawing [49]).



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