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image SM 81/2/78

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SM 81/2/78


[26] Working drawing for the eating room chimney-piece, 10 April 1787


Elevation of Chimney Piece for the Eating Room and full Size details of Moldings


bar scale of 1/12 inch to an inch (sic) and full size


as above, Composition which will be sent, Marble, Line of Frieze, Wall Line, Marble, Revd Archdeacon Gooch and dimensions given (verso) Mr Gooches Chimney Pieces & Bookcase

Signed and dated

  • 10 April 1787
    Welbeck St April 10th 17 [torn, 87]

Medium and dimensions

Pen, sepia and pink washes, pencil on thin laid paper (590 x 337)


Pupil 1786-91 John McDonnell, draughtsman
John McDonnell (pupil 1786-91)



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