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  • image SM (15) volume 41/80 verso

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SM (15) volume 41/80 verso


Working drawing for a pedimented frame to an alcove in the Eating Room for H.G.Lewis Esqr, 6 August 1786


15 Elevation of alcove and detail of egg and dart moulding for (pencil) Cornice in the Room adjoin[in]g --- / ---- ------ (illegible)


bar scale of 3/10 inch to 1 foot


as above, Eating Room / Entablature like Mr Branthwaytes / Eating Room / Base Moldings like Adml Rowleys Hall / Architrave to doors & Windows do and Cornice to Bedchamber like / the Small Room ---- (illegible) / at Tendring Hall, Chimney Piece to Bedchamber / like that marked A / Tendring Hall, Chimney Piece for Room ---- (illegible) / Chamber like that marked C / at Tendring Hall and This Architrave projects ½ an inch before the Wall & the remaing Moldings are sunk, Wall line, This Part stands before the Architrave ½ inch

Signed and dated

  • Aug:st 6 1786

Medium and dimensions

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


John Sanders (pupil 1784-90)


T French


The eating room was in the south-east corner of the new east wing and Soane was able to chisel out both an alcove and a wide recess from what had been a stout external wall of the old house. In drawing 11, the alcove is shown as round-arched but in this drawing, made nearly a year later, it is square-headed with a pediment supported on slim consoles.
Soane's readiness to re-use details is shown in the notes which refer to Admiral Sir Joshua Rowley's Tendring Hall in Suffolk (newly built from 1784) and Miles Sotherton Branthwayte's Taverham Hall in Norfolk (considerable alterations from 1784) (q.q.v)



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