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image Image 1 for SM (40) volume 72/62 (41) volume 72/63
image Image 2 for SM (40) volume 72/62 (41) volume 72/63
  • image Image 1 for SM (40) volume 72/62 (41) volume 72/63
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Reference number

SM (40) volume 72/62 (41) volume 72/63

Purpose

Alternative designs for ornamentation surrounding the windows on the north and south walls (2)

Aspect

40 Elevation of semicircular-headed window between two raised Ionic half-columns supporting a simple entablature, with Greek key incised ornament surrounding the window 41 Elevation of semicircular-headed window between two raised fluted Ionic half-columns supporting an entablature decorated with an ox head and festoon frieze and a Greek key motif, with a Greek key incised ornament surrounding the window

Scale

(40-41) to a scale

Watermark

(40-41) J Whatman

Notes

Drawings 40 and 41 show alternative decorative treatments to the windows. A more understated decorative approach is shown in drawing 40, with unfluted columns and an unornamented entablature. Small rosettes decorate the window frame. Drawing 41 shows fluted Ionic columns with volutes enclosing paterae and an entablature ornamented with a Greek key motif below a frieze of ox heads and festoons. The incised line ornamentation varies slightly between the designs.

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Drawing

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