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Reference number

SM (36) volume 70/10 (37) volume 70/16 (38) volume 70/18 (39) volume 70/20

Purpose

Site progress drawings of passage, January 1815 (4)

Aspect

36 View of timber framework for pendentive dome below lantern 37 View of pendentive dome with lathing ready for plastering 38 View of pendentive dome under construction 39 View looking down from oculus into pendentive dome under construction and (verso, pencil) section of bead moulding

Signed and dated

(36-37) datable to January 1815 (38) G Basevi Taken Janry 7th 1815 (39) G Basevi Janry 10th 1815

Hand

(36-39) George Basevi (1794-1845, pupil 1810-1816)

Notes

Drawings 36-37 show the temporary platform built with timber beams for the construction of the pendentive dome below the lantern dome. The views also show a carpenter's bench, and drawing 37 illustrates a workman sawing a piece of timber at the bench.

Drawings 38-39 show the workmen plastering the dome. The views reveal tools of the trade; step ladders, buckets (some presumably with water and others for mixing the plaster), dry plaster powder and plastering trowels.

Literature

(37)C. Woodward, Buildings in progress: Soane's views of construction, an exhibition catalogue for the Soane Gallery, 1995, pp. 12 & 19

Level

Drawing

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