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image SM 81/1/36

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SM 81/1/36


[8] Working drawing for the drawing room chimney-piece, 27 March 1790


Elevation of chimney-piece and details of Mouldings at large


bar scale of 1/8 inch to one foot and full size


as above, Plan of the Pilasters & Architrave / full size, Plan of frize, Mouldings sunk to Tablet full size, Soffite of Corona, flutes, Line of Tablet in Chimney Piece Center, Line of Blocking, Depth to the Ornament in side frize, Wall line, The whole to be of the best Statuary Marble, as free as / possible from Veins, Stains, Vents &c, (pencil, in another hand) No 14 White Marble / omit the Enrichment (marked) X (Vitruvian scroll moulding), (pencil) Omit the / Ribbon (on jamb), John Raymond Barker Esqr

Signed and dated

  • 27 March 1790
    Copy 27 March 1790

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and black wash, partly pricked for transfer on thin laid paper (557 x 663)


Sanders, John (1768--1826), draughtsman
John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)



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