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SM (37) volume 42/190

Purpose

Preliminary designs for consoles for the attic

Aspect

37 Rough details of scrolled and leafy consoles and of urns; small diagramatic half-elevation of an attic; (feint pencil) details; (verso) further sketch details of palmette and acanthus consoles; diagram with lozenge shapes; and (pencil) perspective of an attic plinth with pendentive dome crowned by an urn and at each corner an urn and palmette console

Scale

bar scale

Hand

Soane

Notes

Drawing 37 shows designs for decorative consoles. The term 'console' refers to a double-scrolled bracket. The decorative elements shown here do not function as brackets and are not always double-scrolled. They are designed to fit in a decorative way the right angle between the vertical sides of the attic pedestal and the horizontal top of a plinth. The decorative elements did not appear on the built attic. The perspective on the verso and the part-elevation on the recto suggest that the consoles were intended for an attic with a domical cap, as shown in the designs dating from September and October 1804.

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