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SM (28) volume 73/128


Working drawing for a Doric capital, 24 April 1803


28 Detail drawing of the (Soane) Capital to Doric / Entrance next Princes / Street / Bank; rough elevation of Doric column; and section looking north of the vestibule


bar scale and to a scale


as above and (Soane) dimensions given, (pencil) Qy number of flutes, 2:6 lower Diam

Signed and dated

  • Apl 24 1803




The section in drawing 28 shows an alternative design for the vestibule. The north recess is raised, with the stair ascending to the recess set below the soffit of a semicircular-headed arch. A stair ascending to the east end of the vestibule is divided by a landing aligned with the antae at the corners of the hall.



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