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image Image 1 for SM volume 62/80, volume 66/37
image Image 2 for SM volume 62/80, volume 66/37
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Reference number

SM volume 62/80, volume 66/37

Purpose

Record drawings of the early design presumably copied from No.4 (2)

Aspect

5-6 Copies to a reduced scale of cross sections

Scale

(5) to a scale, smaller than No.4 (6) bar scale of 1/10 in to 1 ft

Signed and dated

signed (pencil) Smirke; (pencil) D. Laing and dated Septr 29th 1796; Feby

Medium and dimensions

Pencil, sepia and pink washes, shaded; pen, sepia, pink and light blue washes on laid secretary paper; on laid paper (235 x 367, 497 x 701)

Hand

Robert Smirke (pupil, 1796-7); David Laing (pupil, 1790-6)

Watermark

(6) I Taylor, fleur-de-lis within crowned cartouche with GR below

Notes

A slight but accurate copy made by Robert Smirke (1780-1867) who allowed himself the re-design of the sculpted figures around the oculus. David Laing (1774-1856) kept closely to the original section. On Laing's and Smirke's subsequent careers see H.Colvin, Biographical dictionary of British architects, 1600-1840, 3rd ed. 1995.

Level

Drawing

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