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SM volume 44/2


[16] Record drawing for plaster finishings to the drawing room, August 1791


Detail of the Cornice round Skylight of / Drawing Room; and detail of the Soffite


¼ full size


as above, The Earl of Hardwicke, Wimple

Signed and dated

  • August 1791
    August 1791

Medium and dimensions

pencil, pen and pink, grey and yellow washes on laid paper (202 x 322)


Attributed to Frederick Meyer (1775), draughtsman
attributed to Frederick Meyer (1775-?, pupil April 1791-1796)


GR beneath crown


Drawing 16 is the executed design for the mouldings at the base of the lantern, where the lantern meets the coved ceiling. A double ball moulding marks the corner that joins with the fluted coving. The bottom of the lip of the lantern is ornamented with an incised guilloche moulding and surrounded by an egg and dart motif. Above this, at the narrower opening, is another ring of ball mouldings and a band of fluting. The drawing was probably made by Frederick Meyer, at this moment the least experienced pupil in the office (articled in April 1791) who was copying drawings for his own education.



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