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image SM, volume 110/60

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SM, volume 110/60


[2] Design for a room entablature with a bolection-moulded acanthus frieze and a dentilled cornice, c. 1689-91




About 6 inches to 1 foot


In ink by George Dance at bottom left (originally bottom right), Gd, and to left (i.e. below), (59)

Signed and dated

  • Undated, but probably near beginning of period 1689-94

Medium and dimensions

Pen and brown ink over graphite under-drawing with grey wash; on laid paper, laid down, with light brown staining and pink-brown blotches over 130 mm of sheet on right; 320 x 464




Strasbourg Lily / 4WR, (triple lobe for intermediate floret of crown; same as 110/58 and 62, and also 110/32


There is no room at Hampton Court with this pattern of this entablature, as all the friezes with leaf carving are have coved rather than bolection in profile. The only contemporary design for an interior which has an entablature to match this is the wall elevation at All Souls for an unidentified room, previously associated with the Queen's Closet at Hampton Court, but not dimensioned to fit that space (Geraghty 2007, no. 413; AS, I.93; see also Thurley, 2003, fig. 160). The pen drawing of the architectural frame, including the entablature, is in Hawksmoor's hand while the sculptural details are by Gibbons. The interior in question may have been at Kensington Palace (partially rebuilt and refitted, 1689-96), but here too there is no known room with the layout and dimensions corresponding to those on the All Souls drawing.


Wren Society, IV, pl. 43, bottom



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