- The drawings from the office of Sir John Soane
46 Elevation of Chimney Piece, Moldings &c to Chimney / Piece full size, Profile of Pannel of Tablet C / full size labelled B. Composition / The Ornaments in Tablet / to be of Composition / Festoons of Oak leaves / & Acorns with Vases; (verso) unfinished full size details of another chimney-piece with a pine cone, dentil and tongue moulding to the mantelshelf and with guilloche moulding to the frame of the fireplace opening
(46) as above, labelled Composition (four times), Front of Marble, Line of Pannel of Pilaster, Line of Frize, Projection of Water Leaf, Line of Tablet, Wall line, X The Pateras in Pilaster to be / omitted and Scroll of Ornamt / in their place, Statuary Marble (three times), D E, some dimensions given and (Soane, pencil) Eatg Room Acct Genl
Though the design of drawing 46 is again somewhat overwrought with an anthemion and acanthus frieze for the the mantelshelf, a frieze-tablet with festoons, ribbons and urns, flanked by water leaves and Bacchante masks, guilloche moulding around the frame to the fireplace opening and more quatrefoil paterae on the pilasters that are to be replaced, the draughtsmanship is confident. There is an entry in SM Journal No.1, p.13, for 21 February 1788 - 'Sent by Post to Wilkins, drawing of / Ornament to Frize of Eating Room / instead of the Bacchus' Head / which was intended' and (22 February) 'Sent by Penny Post to the Adelphi / drawing of Ornament for Frize / instead of the Bacchus' Head. / A fair Sketch on ½ sheet of Fools / cap [foolscap ?] paper.' A later entry (23 June 1788) has 'Sanders ordered of Mrs Lane / 20 in. / of Honey Suckle, 1 foot of Ovols, / and Acorn, 4 leaves for Frize / for Eating Room Chimney. / 18 Husks for Pilasters, Chamber / Chimney Piece' but then again (1 July), 'Sanders ordered at Lane's for / Eating Room Chimney. / 4 Festoons of Oak Leaves & / Acorns for Tablets, 4 leaves / for Frize, 1 foot of Honey- / suckle 2 feet of Acorns / 4 flowers & ribbon'.
'Mrs Lane' has not yet been traced but presumably (rather like Mrs Coade) was a supplier of architectural ornament. See also drawing 57 for a note on Mr Dove and composition for ornamental work.
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