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Reference number

SM volume 74/27


Preliminary longitudinal section without clerestory lighting


13 Longitudinal section looking east


to a scale


(pencil) 4.1, 1.1½ (dimensions for pilasters)

Signed and dated

  • datable to 1792

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil, pale red ink and sepia wash, partly pricked for transfer on wove paper with one fold mark and an additional sheet pasted onto centre of drawing along one edge (512 x 638)


Soane office


This drawing shows schematically the dimensions of the built hall and the lantern, with a central segmental arch and side semicircular arches, as well as details of the counters and the wall's banded rustication. However, no clerestory lights are shown in the vaults of the end-bays. Rather these are shown apparently as barrel vaults, the one on the left having pencil-sketched floral and panelled moulding underneath the 'flier' overlaying the upper portions above the line of the architrave. The peculiar absence of clerestory lighting, which would make the hall exceedingly dark at its ends, also appears in the almost identical drawing underneath the flap. On this alternative drawing for the upper portions the lantern is more decorative with the vertical stiles buttressing ornate arch braces, similarly seen in drawing 15.
It is difficult to know what Soane was thinking in having his assistants draw this exceptional and impractical design, or what purpose the flier served. However, this drawing may be related to the preliminary design in drawing 19, where the clerestory lunettes are also eliminated.



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