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  • image SM volume 41/76 recto

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SM volume 41/76 recto


[11] Record copy of external details, Base of pilasters and columns, 10 June 1786


Base of the Pilasters & Columns of the Ionic portico


1/6 of the full Size


as above, NB The Pilasters are 2' 10½" on the front to be undiminished [without entasis] / The Columns are to diminish from the Base to the Capital, No Plinths and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 10 June 1786
    June 10th 1786

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil on laid paper (364 x 244) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41


Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell (1770- , pupil 18 March 1786-91)




The note as to diminished columns but undiminished pilasters follows the general convention. 'No plinths' were required since the portico rested on a perron (platform) with steps. Again, recent photographs of the house suggest that the details are as executed.



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