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SM (39) volume 73/50


Preliminary design for windows and mouldings


39 Elevation showing semicircular-headed windows between raised half-columns; (pencil) rough part-elevation of the masonry for segmental arches between the columns; and detail of cornice


bar scale and Half full size


as above, and some dimensions given




Drawing 39 shows the windows and columns as executed. The upper part of the elevation, however, varies from that executed. Drawing 39 suggests a flat coffered ceiling, similar to early designs.



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