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Reference number

SM (106) 67/4/6 (107) 67/4/5 (108) 67/4/4 (109) 67/4/3

Purpose

Preliminary record drawings, 1-3 April 1818 (6)

Aspect

106 Part of the Front of Infirmary (south front) 107 The West Side of the Infirmary (verso) perspective detail of the cornice 108 The West side of the Infirmary, Chelsea (verso) rough plan, rough elevation for a portico, rough elevation for an entrance and some illegible pencil markings 109 East Side of the Infirmary and a detail of the brickwork

Scale

(106-109) to a scale

Inscribed

106 as above, labelled 22 Blocks, 3 Blocks, 15 Blocks, Red Bricks and some dimensions given 107 as above, labelled 29 Blocks and some dimensions given 108 as above, labelled Stone (three times) and some dimensions given 109 as above, labelled 28 blocks, 23 blocks, 27 blocks and some dimensions given

Signed and dated

(106) A. Mee, 1st April 1818 (107) A. Mee, April 2d 1818 (108) 2nd April 1818 (109) A. Mee, 3rd. April 1818

Hand

(106-109) A.P. Mee (1802-1868, pupil 1818-1823) (as per inscription)

Notes

Drawings 106-109 are elevations of the structure as built. All of the above, except drawing 108, also show details.

Drawing 106 shows a small detail of a baluster, although it does not obviously correspond to any part of the elevation shown. Rather it appears to be from the skyline ornament on the north side, shown in drawing 113 - a pedestal supporting a lion and unicorn on either side of a crowned oval (presumably intended for a coat of arms), the whole of which is framed on either side by a low balustrade.

Drawing 106 may well be a preliminary sketch, the finished version of which would be drawing 122. The west bay has three blind arches at ground floor level and three shorter versions at the first storey. This is the projecting bay. The sunken bays behind, the main east to west stretch of the building, indicate a short door and the eastern-most bay with blind arches (centre of the first floor and the outer two on the ground floor).

Drawing 107 (corresponding to drawing 116) shows the west elevation, excluding the projecting wing. Blind arched windows are indicated again. The foul ward and a washroom were probably on this side, according to plans 52 and 56. Drawing 108 also corresponds to the other part of the west elevation, shown in drawing 116. Drawing 109 is similar, although showing the east side. A marginal detail shows part of the cornice and brick work, with a stone panel shown as a detail in drawing 107.

Level

Drawing

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