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image Image 1 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24
image Image 2 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24
image Image 3 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24
  • image Image 1 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24
  • image Image 2 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24
  • image Image 3 for SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24

Reference number

SM (76) archive 6/25/23 (77) volume 81/24

Purpose

Working drawing and record drawing for chimney stacks (2)

Aspect

76 Elevation and plan of chimney and detail? of chimney stack (verso) elevation and plan of chimney 77 Elevational Drawing of Chimney at Dulwich College

Scale

(76) to a scale (77) bar scale of 1/15 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

76 (red pen) Three of these chimney tops wanted, flue (twice), brickwork (four times), stone (six times), a key xxx for open through, the dotted red line shows the plan above the stringing, dimensions given and (verso) 1 chimney top to this plan wanted, Plan of this chimney top above stringing similar to them the other side, a key xxx for open through, (pencil) calculation and dimensions given 77 as above

Signed and dated

(76) datable to mid-1812 (77) C Tyrrell

Medium and dimensions

(76) Pen, pencil, red pen and sepia wash on wove paper with six fold marks (262 x 419) (77) pen, yellow ochre and burnt sienna washes, watercolour technique on laid paper (201 x 267)

Hand

(76) Soane office (77) Charles Tyrrell (1795-1832, pupil 1811-1816)

Watermark

(76) G Pike 1810

Notes

Drawing 76 shows two designs, varying in width, for chimney stacks with two flues and decorated with antefixae. Folded several times, it was probably used on site as a working drawing. The recto shows the design for the chimney stacks on the west front while the verso shows the design for the chimney stacks on the south and north sides of the Gallery; wider with larger gaps between the flues. Both were executed.

n the right hand side of drawing 76 is an unrelated detail, drawn to a different scale. It seems to be a profile of a chimney stack, but not as executed. It is drawn to the same proportions as the elevation but shows different mouldings and structure. This was perhaps drawn first as an alternative preliminary design sketch, and then the elevation was drawn fully dimensioned as a working drawing to be used on site.

Drawing 77 shows the chimney stack for the west front above the almshouses, as executed corresponding to the elevation on the recto of drawing 76. It is a record drawing copied from the working drawing, at a later date.

Literature

F. Nevola, Soane's favourite subject: the story of Dulwich Picture Gallery, 2000, (76) pp. 88 & 190; (77) pp. 89 & 190

Level

Drawing

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