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image SM volume 57/14

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SM volume 57/14


[12] Record copy of external details, Cornice for the attics, c1786


Cornice for the Attics


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as above, Chillington, labelled Cap from the balustrade, Base for the Attic, Base of the / balustrade and dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • c1786
    Datable to c1786 in accord with drawings 10-11

Medium and dimensions

pen, pencil on laid paper (355 x 258) bound into volume 57


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


fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, ornate W



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