(43-44) bar scale
43 labelled Infirmary and some dimensions given
44 some dimensions and calculations given
45 as above
Signed and dated
(43) 18th Augst: 1809
(43) Soane office (44) Soane office, Soane (45-46) Soane office
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.
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