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Reference number

SM (43) 67/5/20 (44) 67/5/21 (45) volume 77/51 (46) volume 77/53

Purpose

Variant designs, one dated 18 August 1809 (4)

Aspect

43 Elevation for part of the south front 44 Variant elevation for part of the south front, a small rough detail for dentilated cornice and a part-plan marking window spacing 45 Variant elevation, Chelsea Hospital / The Elevation of the Front / Next the River of a Design / for a New Infirmary 46 Elevation of the north front, facing Paradise Row

Scale

(43-44) bar scale

Inscribed

43 labelled Infirmary and some dimensions given 44 some dimensions and calculations given 45 as above

Signed and dated

(43) 18th Augst: 1809

Hand

(43) Soane office (44) Soane office, Soane (45-46) Soane office

Notes

Drawing 44 shows a very similar elevation to drawing 32. The third bay from the left is surmounted by a pedimented attic with three short arched windows (drawing 32 shows the middle bay of the whole structure surmounted by a similar ornament). Drawing 43 shows a comparable arrangement, with no pedimented attic. Instead the middle portion is surmounted by a balustrade and pedestal (with illegible inscription) and the bays to the left are surmounted by four antefixae. Both show a rusticated basement - presumably providing exercise facilities for pensioners (as Soane noted in his report to the Board of Commissioners on 13 April 1809).

Drawing 45 is very similar to 44 but with sculpted bracket-figures, either side of the skyline pedestal. Drawing 46 shows the opposite elevation, with two entrances and without the rusticated basement of the south front.

The elevations all show what is presumably the 'foul ward' marked on drawing 31. It can be seen on the end, set apart (on the left for drawings 43 to 45 and on the right in drawing 46) - a single storey structure surmounted by a triangular pediment (with antifixae at the corners). It is connected to the main Infirmary by an arch only, in the belief that this would prevent infection spreading.

It seems likely that this design was intended to be built in the position indicated by the block plans of drawings 31 and 32.

Level

Drawing

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