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Reference number

SM volume 42/178


Working drawing


Elevational detail of architrave, frieze and cornice


full size


Drawing of Cornice (full size)

Signed and dated

  • Septr 7th 1802

Medium and dimensions

Black and brown pen, pencil, hatching on laid paper (302 x 197)


Thomas Sword (pupil 1799-1804)


The detail measures 6 inches from the top of the cornice to the underside of the architrave. in the office Day Book for Tuesday 7 September 1802 there is an entry signed by Sword 'at the Bank / About Acc[oun]ts &c'. On the previous day he had also been at the Bank of England 'Measuring Plaisterers / Work'. Perhaps the detail is related to work at the Bank.



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