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image SM 80/1/17

Reference number

SM 80/1/17

Purpose

[15] Design for plaster finishings to the drawing room, Soffitt, 11 August 1791

Aspect

Detail of soffit

Scale

Half the full Size

Inscribed

as above, Soffite of Arch to Drawing Room, The Earl of Hardwicke / Wimple; (verso) The Earl of Hardwicke / Soffite of arch to drawing room / Wimple

Signed and dated

Copy Great Scotland Yard Augt 11 1791; (verso) Augst 11 1791

Medium and dimensions

pencil, pen and pink wash on laid paper with two fold marks (340 x 552)

Hand

Laing, David (1774--1856), draughtsman
David Laing (1774-1856, pupil 1790-1796)

Watermark

J Whatman

Notes

Drawing 15 has a design for a guilloche pattern for the soffits of the semicircular arches. The room was built with a Greek key motif in the soffits. The drawing was sent to Papworth on 11 August, after having been drawn by Laing the same day (Daybook 1791).

Level

Drawing

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