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image SM 31/4/1

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SM 31/4/1


[197] Working drawing and design for niches, 2 June 1802


Section, Plan, Elevation for the Recesses each side of Chimney in Breakfast Room


bar scale of 3/16 inch to 1 foot


as above, labelled Plinths, Molding full size and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

  • 2 June 1802
    June 2d 1802

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pale yellow and sepia washes, partly pricked for transfer, on laid paper (584 x 348)


William Edward Rolfe, draughtsman
W.E. Rolfe ( - c.1827, pupil 1801-1804) (Day Book 2 June 1802, see notes)


B. De Divitiis, 'New Drawings for the Interiors of the Breakfast Room and Library at Pitzhanger Manor', Architectural History Vol.48, 2005, p.165 H. Dorey, 'Sir John Soane's Pitzhanger' in Trackers, exhibition catalogue, PM Gallery and House, 2004, p.23 J. Summerson, 'Sir John Soane and the Furniture of Death', pp.135-137, The Unromantic Castle and Other Essays, 1990, p.126



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