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Reference number

SM 77/2/27


[25] Working drawing for a hoist


Plans and elevations for a hoist, location not given


1/3 inch to 1 foot

Medium and dimensions

pen, sepia, yellow and blue washes, shaded on cartridge paper (620 x 575)


Laing, David (1774--1856), draughtsman
David Laing (pupil 8 January 1790-96)


The drawing is not inscribed as for Chillington. The side elevation shows the hoist sunk into the ground by five feet and about 10 feet distant from the bank of a river or canal. The swivelling centre post allows the hoist to lift a block of stone from (or on to) a barge, a convenient way of transporting building materials at that time.



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