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Reference number

SM (39) volume 42/117 (40) volume 57/20 (41) volume 57/21 (42) volume 57/23 (43) volume 57/24 (44) volume 57/25

Purpose

Rough working drawing and record copies of working drawings for staircase (6)

Aspect

39 Part-section at first floor level and above, and some details of mouldings 40 Copy of plan and two laid-out Section(s) showing a stretched elliptical hall with a geometrical stair 41 Copy of Longitudinal Section with skylight 42 Copy of details of cornice and quarter-full size details of Greek fret Soffite under the Flat to Skylight 43 Copy of details of Patera (with triple flower motif framed by bayleaf drops and ribboned bow) in Circular Recess and of Entablature (in Circular Recess) to Door
44 Copy of details of Mouldings immediately under the Skylight including reed and ribbon moulding

Scale

(39) bar scale of 1/7 in to 1 ft (40) bar scale of 1/21in to 1 ft (41) drawn to ½ the size and drawn to ¼ the size (42) ½ the size (43) drawn to ½the size (44) drawn to ½ the size

Inscribed

(40-44) as above, Great Staircase, Letton Hall 39 Cornice like Hall at Tendring H[all], Mould.[ing]s like Pan.[els] in Mr Branthwaytes Eat[in]gRoom, Reed, Angle bead[in]g , C.D. equal in width, A. in this soffit / a fret, labelled A, K (twice), C, D, dimensions given and some calculations and (verso, large characters, (Baldwin) Mr Dillingham / part of Best staircase (40) Mrs Dillinghams Chamber / Base & Surbase Moldings like those to Admiral Rowleys Room / Architrave ..... like do ..... / Principal Attics / Chimney Pieces ..... like [ditto] and B C D (several times)and above blind arch Angle bead (three times) (38) Window into Passage / One pane must open / to admit Air / A Sash & frame would / be better, (above semicircular-headed arch) Angle Bead only in Stucco to ¾ Circular Part & then Straight (sic) in Wood, mouldings labelled A B C D E (42) NB The Modiglions (modillions) are in front three Inches / and the clear space between is six inches / and three quarters and B C F (twice) (43) labelled Angle Bead to Arch, Back of Recess and H I (44) A D E

Signed and dated

(43) Aug: 8: 1786

Medium and dimensions

(39) Brown pen, pencil on laid paper with three fold marks (sic) mounted and bound into an album 'Original Sketches / Miscellaneous / Architectural Subjects' volume 42 (189 x 320, bottom right-hand corner missing) (40) pen on laid paper (435 x 243) (41) pen, pencil, pink wash on laid paper (435 x 243) (42) pen, sepia and pink washes on laid paper (282 x 376) (43) pen, sepia and pink washes, shaded on laid paper (388 x 270) (44) pen, sepia and pink washes, some shading on laid paper (402 x 280)

Hand

(39) Soane, (40-44) John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)

Watermark

(39) crowned GR (40) Taylor (41) fleur-de-lis (42) fleur-de-lis above cartouche with bar and below, GR (43) Taylor (44) fleur-de-lis

Notes

The sketchy part-section catalogued here (39) shows what mouldings were needed and where so that, for example, a reed moulding (representing a bundle of reeds wound round with ribbon) was used above the doors on the first floor landing (shown in D.Stroud, Sir John Soane, architect, 2nd ed., 1996 fig.58). In, for example, a volume (SM 41) entitled 'Precedents in architecture 1784' compiled as a record book, were re-drawn some of the details of Soane's designs. Pages 41-6 have the details of all the mouldings for the eating room at Taverham Hall (the client was S.Branthwayte) including those for the 'large Pannells'. Pages 61 verso to 64 recto have details of mouldings for Tendring Hall including the 'Cornice for Hall' (p.62). See also the online Concise Catalogue for other related drawings.
D.Stroud notes (op.cit., p.242) that Soane made alterations in 1784 to Taverham Hall, Norfolk which included a new drawing-room and dining-room; Tendring Hall, Suffolk was designed by Soane for Admiral Joshua Rowley, 1784-6. Presumably the section catalogued was made in 1784 or 1785 and Soane was sensibly re-using designs for mouldings that he had employed at Taverham and Tendring. Soane took on his first pupil (John Sanders aged 16) on 1 September 1784. Probably Sanders was required to make a working drawing to scale following Soane's dimensions and instructions as to types of mouldings.

The other drawings (40-44) are neat copies to a reduced scale of working drawings, the draughtsmanship attributed to John Sanders, mounted into 'Miscellaneous / Drawings / of / Architectural / Designs / Sir John Soane / No II' (volume 57).




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