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[25] Working drawings for a bedroom chimney-piece and (verso) entrance door, February 1787


Elevation of Chimney Piece for the Bed Chamber at Saxlingham and full size detail; (verso) elevation of Entrance Door of Saxlingham and detail of fanlight


bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot and full size (verso) bar scale of 1/12 inch to 1 foot and pricked-through bar scale 1/9 inch to 1 foot (approximately)


as above, These Dimensions to be kept as near / as possible to all the Chimneys, Line of Marble (twice), Projection of Black, Line of Frieze and some dimensions given; (verso) as above and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

datable to February 1787

Medium and dimensions

Pen on cartridge paper with three fold marks (325 x 565)


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



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