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Working drawing for the drawing room chimney-piece, 16 February 1792

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The drawing room chimney-piece has rosettes at the corners, and a scroll motif framed by bead mouldings on the panels fronting the frieze and jambs. The fireplace opening is 5 feet wide and 3 feet 4 inches tall. Between the bead mouldings, the jambs are each 7 inches across on both the fronts and sides; the lining is 3½ inches wide and recessed 3½ inches.

The working drawing was delivered to 'Mr Nelson', probably Soane's mason James Nelson, on 16 February 1792 by Thomas Chawner.

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