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image SM (188) 66/5/13

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SM (188) 66/5/13


Site progress drawing, c.1818


188 Chelsea Hospital, Sketch of the New Guard House


as above

Signed and dated

  • c.1818


Soane office


Drawing 188 shows the Guardhouse in the process of construction. The timber hipped roof structure is visible. The panelled chimney is the only particularly 'Soanean' feature. The quoining and red brick window surrounds reflect Wren's style. In the foreground is a make-shift workshop with a carpenter and his saw-horse. The leafless trees suggest the drawing was made in winter, probably the winter of 1818.


C.G.T. Dean, The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, 1950, p.264



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