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SM (14) volume 41/59 recto


Working drawing for exterior details


14 Details of the Entablature for / the Portico and of Cornice & Blocking / Course for the Wings


¼ the size and ½ size


as above, Malvern Hall, Great care to be taken / to preserve the outlines of / the Moldings, If in one Stone in height, so much the better, Fascia, One face only, Stucco, Brick and some dimensions given

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil tracelines on laid paper (242 x 360) bound into 'Precedents in Architecture' SM volume 41


John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)




Here, the frieze is shown unadorned. In drawing 1 it has lean festoons and medallions, in drawing 5, strigils and medallions but in execution it was given the festoons and bucrania of Soane's most loved Roman building, the Temple of Vesta at Tivoli.
A blocking course is the crowning course of masonry above a cornice. Mention is made in the 'Description [specification] and Estimate' (q.v. No.2) of taking down the existing cornices and setting 'a new Stone Cornice and Blocking Course'.



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